During 2011 Edinburgh City Library and Information Service carried out a £960,000 refurbishment at Morningside Library and after eight months of closure people in the Morningside area can now enjoy using a bigger and better local library
The library, while retaining and highlighting the magnificent features of the original Edwardian building, has been completely modernised with extensive improvements to the fabric of the building. These include new lighting & carpets, soft seating, an upgraded and energy efficient heating system, modern shelving with built in lighting and the long awaited toilets with baby changing facilities. The library is now accessible on two levels for the first time and the first floor offers two community rooms available for hire, an IT learning suite with 8 PC’s and exhibition space for displaying art work. Overall, the work has created more space for displaying library stock and offers a more modern and comfortable environment for library customers. Many of the improvements were shaped by the views of more than 800 library users, who completed a questionnaire asking what new facilities they wanted to see in their local library.
£50,000 has been devoted to new stock including books, CD’sand a brand new DVD collection which is already proving to beextremely popular. There are improved areas devoted to children and teenagers incorporating an increased selection of books in addition to computers for homework support andfacilities for play and gaming. When the community rooms are not booked they are also available as quiet study areas.
The overall layout has been designed to lead people on a journey of discovery, creating areas where people can sit, study, chat with friends or simply curl up with a book. Many library visitors want to use laptops and tablets so a computer area withcharging points has been installed and there will be free wi-fi later in 2012.
The introduction of self service terminals means that you can issue, discharge and renew your items yourself. The aim of Self-Service is to modernise the library and allow staff to provide a better, more personalised experience. Freed from standingbehind counters, library staff should be more accessible to customers. The new facilities also mean a more convenient system as there will be less queuing and more staff around to ensure a quicker service. Self service has also enabled the Library to increase its programme of events and activities. Since re-opening in December the popular Bookbug Rhyme and Song Sessions for babies and their carers have become a weekly event, the Library’s first Bookgroup has commenced monthly meetings and there have been “Edinburgh Reads” author talks by Lin Anderson and Harry Morris aka Harry the Polis. Transition Edinburgh South recently held an energy advice session in the Library and for National Libraries Day in February there was live guitar and fiddle music to give a melodic background atmosphere for our Saturday morning customers.
Future events to look out for include:
Share-a-Story (ages 2 – 5) – Every Thursday 10.30 –11.00
Bookbug Rhymetimes for Babies and Children 0 – 3 – Every Thursday 10.30 – 11.00
Bookgroup – Last Monday of the Month 6.30 – 7.30
Please contact a member of Staff for more details IT Classes for beginners – Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday mornings – due to overwhelming demand, places must be booked in advance.
Remember also that your library never closes. Our online collection of audio books and e-books is available to you free – antyime, anywhere. Once registered as a full library member you can browse hundreds of best-selling and classic titles and then either read them online or download them and transfer to portable devices such as MP3 players, I-Pods and mobile phones.
Our aim is to make Morningside Library a vibrant part of the local community – a service based on books and reading but embracing the information, cultural, recreational and learning needs of everyone.
Why not come and see for yourself?