Gold medal opening for Saxilby library

The library in Saxilby village, just outside Lincoln, has been reopened after a revamp.

Lincoln-born Paralympic medalist Sophie Wells helped launch the new facility along with Saxilby and Ingleby Parish Council Chairman Peter Odam (L) and Lincolnshire County Councillor Nick Worth (R).

Sophie said: “It looks like an excellent facility and I’m delighted to be here. I’ve never opened a library before and its makes me feel very proud to be associated with this new one at St. Andrews’ Centre as it’s just on my doorstep, a stones throw from Harby.

“I’ve frequently used Saxilby Library for studies in the past, although in my day there wasn’t free Wi-Fi, computers or internet facilities like today. It looks a valuable resource and one I hope all will take advantage of.”

Peter Odam, Chairman of Saxilby Parish Council explained: “It’s all about services, not buildings but I hope people will agree with me that the design and layout make this a hugely welcoming environment.

“Being brighter with lots of glazing and better equipped in terms of capital investment in place, we now have a bigger choice of books and computers along with the information technology that reflects the advancements in the changing way people use their library.”

“We’ve transformed the library to be more contempary and adaptable in terms of community. We’d like it to become the hub of the village, so we can create events, talks and lectures, charitable and working groups – you name it, the library will offer something for everyone, with comfy seating, new lighting and heating not forgetting a close at hand café for food and refreshments, creating a place for meeting, chatting, get togethers, studying, researching, learning and a place of discovery – establishing a true focal point.”