22 October 2018
Now home to more than 56,000 books, a flexible vibrant Community space and a colourful children’s area, the much-loved community library re-opens its doors to the public on Monday (22 October) following a £930,360 makeover.
Councillor David McDonald, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, said:
This year, Glasgow City Council has invested more than £10 million to help re-invigorate our city’s public buildings.
Libraries are well loved by the people of Glasgow, and I’m delighted that more than £3.5 million of that investment has gone into improving libraries citywide.
I spent many happy hours in Cardonald Library as a child, and I’m delighted that, thanks to the Community Asset Fund, this important, much loved community asset has been given a brand new lease of life.
With more than 131,000 visits made to Cardonald Library in the 12 months to December 2017, hundreds of local residents are expected to join in celebrations as the community library re-opens following a 31 week period of refurbishment works.
The refurbishment works have seen the library re-wired, and a new boiler and windows installed. Cardonald Library customers will also notice changes to the internal decoration of the venue and a range of new books, classes and activities.
A new community space has also been created within the library that can be booked by groups or individuals.
Alongside more than 56,000 books, free Wi-Fi and PC access, the new look community hub will be home to partner-led advice services delivered by organisations including Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries, Jobs and Business Glasgow, Glasgow Housing Association and Glasgow City Council.
Younger library members will be able to enjoy brand new Bookbug and Storytelling sessions, with adults invited to join in with a year-round programme of events.
Forty-eight years after first opening its doors, the new look library will once again be at the centre of Cardonald’s community with events including local history talks with Dr Irene O’Brien and family activities continuing throughout the year. Glasgow-based author Chris McQueer will also be appearing at Cardonald Library on 29th November.
Cardonald Library was given a new lease of life as part of Glasgow City Council’s Community Asset Fund investment of £10 million into 30 community buildings across the city.
From libraries to leisure centres, community centres and arts and music venues, the Community Asset Fund was developed to address priority projects across the city, helping to ensure that venues such as Cardonald Library continue to deliver a range of valued public services.
For more information, or to find out more about what’s on in Cardonald Library, please visit www.glasgowlife.org.uk/libraries