Derby unveils new-look library
Family historians in Derby can explore the city’s heritage once again following the reopening of a local library facility.
Unveiled to the public on Friday 15 May, the new-look Derby Local Studies and Family History Library provides access to more than 600 years of history, including thousands of books, photographs and historic newspapers.
Previously located in premises on Iron Gate, the facility has now moved to the first floor of the former magistrates’ court in nearby Full Street, which has been empty since 2004. Refurbished at a cost of £4 million, the building – now known as Riverside Chambers – also incorporates offices and a café.
Although the space has been extensively redeveloped to accommodate study areas and archive storage, the building’s previous purpose is still evident, with old cells and the magistrates’ bench from one of the courtrooms still intact.
Leader of Derby City Council, Ranjit Banwait, who officially opened the new library with Derby South MP Dame Margaret Beckett, said: “I’m confident that the wealth of memories, official documents and letters that provide a snapshot of ordinary Derby life will not only inform people and visitors to our city, but inspire future generations as they go on to make their own contribution.”
The new facilities were opened by Councillor Ranjit Banwait and Dame Margaret Beckett MP in May