The newest public library in the United Kingdom welcomed its first book lovers today.
The public opening of the Drumbrae Library Hub in West Edinburgh brought to fruition more than two decades of campaigning among local people for a library in their area.
But this striking new building is not just a magnet for avid readers – as a Hub, it is designed to work as a ‘one-stop shop’, offering a range of services such as adult day care, a cafe and the opportunity to report local issues, pay Council bills and so on. It is also the new home to the Council’s West Neighbourhood Office and the Drumbrae and Gyle Police Safer Neighbourhood Team.
Council Leader Jenny Dawe said: “This is a very special day for the local community, who have waited many decades to see their dreams of a local library realised. I am extremely proud to have been able to deliver the library together with many additional services and facilities that will benefit local residents. I am certain that the Drumbrae Library Hub will quickly become the focal point for the area.”
One of the first people to experience the new facility at first hand was Katie Campbell, from Clermiston. A recruitment consultant and mother-of-two, she brought her own mother and her two young children, Rory (3) and Isla (1) for their first look inside.
Katie said: “My family has been watching the development of the new library with excitement. We are so lucky to have this wonderful new resource at the end of our street, I am grateful for such a large investment in Drumbrae.
“We have lived in Clermiston for nearly four years, and one of the things we love is the sense of community. Our neighbours are a mixture of older people who have lived here since the houses were built, and young families like us. I think we will all find the Drumbrae Library Hub a valuable asset to our community.”
Supt David Carradice of Lothian and Borders Police said: “This new facility will enable us to locate the officers from our Drumbrae and Gyle Safer Neighbourhood Team in the heart of the community which they serve. We are delighted that it gives us the opportunity to work even more closely with our partners for the benefit of the public.
“This is not an operational police station but officers will be based there, will be able to respond to incidents in the area from there and deal with many of the issues that members of the public turn to us for assistance with.”
The opening day at Drumbrae Library Hub gave people the chance to take guided tours of their new local facility. Refreshments were provided throughout the day, while music was provided thanks to a special guest appearance by hotly tipped Queensferry band Bwani Junction.
The Drumbrae Library Hub was delivered by the hub South East Scotland Limited (hubCo) and built by Morrison Construction.