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Moretonhampstead Library welcomes customers back

Posted on 02 Apr 2024

Customers have been welcomed back to Moretonhampstead Library after a lengthy period of closure following flood damage last year.

The library re-opened its doors in the Bowring Building on Tuesday 2nd April. For the last 10 months the staff and volunteers have been offering a pop-up library in the Parish Hall and community activities in other locations while repair works were carried out.

Library Supervisor Jan Horrell said: “We are delighted to be back in the Bowring Building, offering a full library service again to all of our customers. The library is enjoyed by everyone in the community from the youngest to the oldest and is a lifeline for many people.. Everyone has been working really hard behind the scenes to restore the library to the safe, warm and welcoming space that we all know and love.”

“We want to say a massive thank you everyone who has helped us to make the library ready to open over the last month and to the wonderful hardworking library volunteers, Friends of Moreton Library, local businesses, loyal customers and everyone in the  Moreton community who has shown kindness, generosity and support over the past 12 months to keep the library vibrant and thriving, even in ‘pop up’ mode.”

The original Bowring Library was built in 1902 by shipping magnate Sir Thomas Bowring (1847 – 1915). It contained a reading room and an upstairs billiard room and men’s club. Sir Thomas was a benefactor to many local causes in Moretonhampstead including the Bowring Prize which was a scholarship for a local child’s education, and the Unitarian Chapel where he is buried.

Moretonhampstead library is open three days a week, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. For full opening hours, visit devonlibraries.org.uk

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