FAIRFIELD Library will close for refurbishment on Friday, 27 October so that works to accommodate a new childcare facility can get under way.
In October 2016 Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet agreed plans to retain Fairfield Library by sharing the building with a nursery provider, following extensive public consultation.
This option involves adapting the building to accommodate a nursery and a smaller library. Once complete the nursery will offer childcare provision for children from birth to five years as well as a range of early years and family services including information drop-in sessions, first aid classes for parents and carers, breastfeeding support, cooking on a budget, sign language and dental health sessions.
Councillor Bob Cook, Leader of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, said: “We are delighted that Fairfield Library has been retained and we look forward to working with the nursery provider, The Barn Childcare, to bring much needed nursery places for children in the area. Libraries are no longer just about books and we have already seen a similar combination of services working well at other sites. I am sure that all the facilities at Fairfield Library will be valued by local people.
“We’d like to ask residents for their patience and encourage them to make use of the mobile library and other towncentre libraries while the works are carried out.”
The new-look library is due to reopen in spring 2018. Residents will be able to access the mobile library service on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays while the works are under way.
It will stop at Greens Lane near to Fairfield Library at the following dates and times:
Mondays, 1pm – 3pm
Thursdays, 11.30am – 12.30pm
Fridays, 11.35am – 12.05pm
For further information about the mobile library please email mobilelibrary.services@
To see a full list of libraries across Stockton-on-Tees visit www.stockton.gov.uk/libraries