Newton Aycliffe Library has reopened to the public with a new look in a new location.

The library’s bright and modern new base, within the town’s leisure centre on Beveridge Way, includes sections for teenagers and children, a study area and updated computer facilities.

It also offers a wide selection of current and classic titles as well as e.books and e.mags.

Free wifi is available throughout the building.

The move from the library’s former base is part of a wider £1million scheme being carried out by Durham County Council to help regenerate the town centre.

It has involved refurbishing a number of shop units adjoining the leisure centre and creating a shared entrance for the library and leisure centre.

Cllr Maria Plews, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for leisure, libraries and lifelong learning, said: “The new location is a light, bright space with modern décor and up- to-date facilities.

“As well as providing a welcoming and well equipped environment for readers of all ages, we hope it will offer a convenient venue from which other community services can operate.

“The library will also be offering a council tax and housing benefits surgery once a week, bringing together a number of services under one roof in the heart of the town centre.”

The library will also offer workshops and activities.

Council tax and housing benefit surgeries take place every Tuesday but appointments must be booked in advance by calling 03000 26 0000.

Library opening times will vary across the county over the festive period. Residents are advised to check with the individual library or visit www.durham.gov.uk/libraries

All Durham County Council leisure centres will be closed on all bank holidays over the Christmas period. This includes Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Tuesday, 27 December, New Year’s Day and Monday, 2 January.

They will also close early at 4pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

For more information about Newton Aycliffe Library’s relocation, visit www.durham.gov.uk/NAlibraryrelocation