Derby un­veils new-look li­brary

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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

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