UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Crime novelist opens new Dorchester library

Dorset Echo: Author Minette Walters opens the library Author Minette Walters opens the library

CRIME novelist Minette Walters officially opened Dorchester’s new library today.

Mrs Walters, together with chairman of Dorset County Council Cllr John Wilson, officially declared the library open by unveiling a commemorative plaque.

See a video of the opening ceremony here:

Minette Walters said it was a pleasure to be at the launch event and to unveil the commemorative plaque.

She added: “I expect that this fantastic library will still be going in 100 years time, still providing the people of Dorchester with literature and information.”

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset Angus Campbell, mayor of Dorchester Stella Jones and Peter Finney, Dorset County Council’s cabinet member for community service, were among those present at the opening.

The new library, which is attached to the West Dorset District Council offices, was described as a ‘fantastic asset’ for the county town by the mayor.

Cllr Jones added: “The new library encourages people to come in and try the activities here and the location is well placed within the town centre.

“The new look, brightness, convenience and facilities of the library are brilliant.”

DCC Chairman John Wilson said that the library has been open since July but that this event marked the official opening.

He added: “The library has marvellous new facilities such as free internet wi-fi, and is 50 per cent bigger than the former library based opposite county hall.

“It can be used by the community and school classes as it has three large classrooms and an internet spot to attract the younger members of the community.

“This facility marks the county’s first new library in over a decade.”

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset, Mr Campbell, said: “The library and learning centre is a wonderful facility and I am pleased to be here to mark the opening.

“The library is a real gem for the people of Dorchester and the surrounding areas.”

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6:08pm Thu 20 Feb 14

CoogarUK.com says...

What a shame that so many other local libraries had to close to help fund the building of this one at Charles Street. Shame too that the old library building in Colliton Park remains empty after all this time. Shame on you, Dorset County & West Dorset District councils.
What a shame that so many other local libraries had to close to help fund the building of this one at Charles Street. Shame too that the old library building in Colliton Park remains empty after all this time. Shame on you, Dorset County & West Dorset District councils. CoogarUK.com

6:14pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Tinker2 says...

Crime Novelist Opens New Dorchester Library.

The biggest crime, in recent years, was committed by the West Dorset District Council by building that monstrous edifice into which the library was moved.
Crime Novelist Opens New Dorchester Library. The biggest crime, in recent years, was committed by the West Dorset District Council by building that monstrous edifice into which the library was moved. Tinker2

9:34pm Thu 20 Feb 14

foodie40 says...

I personally am very impressed with the new library, it was about time that Dorchester as the county town of Dorset had a building that it can be proud of. The old library was dreary and did nothing to inspire people to visit. The new library is bright and airy, with plenty of seating and good views of the town and being placed in the town centre it is so much more accessible. I have used the library more in the last two months than in the last 10 years as I tend to walk into town and therefore do not have to make a special journey up to the top'o'town. Well Done Dorchester!! Just sort out the parking issues now!
I personally am very impressed with the new library, it was about time that Dorchester as the county town of Dorset had a building that it can be proud of. The old library was dreary and did nothing to inspire people to visit. The new library is bright and airy, with plenty of seating and good views of the town and being placed in the town centre it is so much more accessible. I have used the library more in the last two months than in the last 10 years as I tend to walk into town and therefore do not have to make a special journey up to the top'o'town. Well Done Dorchester!! Just sort out the parking issues now! foodie40

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