New Westhill Library opens ahead of schedule

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Westhill Library is settling into its new home within the town’s primary school following its relocation from the local Academy site.

Construction company Mansell completed the £1million project, which saw major work undertaken within the primary school, a full three weeks ahead of schedule.

The library, which opened on Monday, will see extended opening hours this Saturday (August 6) from 10am to 3pm.

People in the area have a chance to browse and borrow from the library’s new range of books and other resources, including computers, talking books, DVDs, e-books and magazines and newspaper.

Councillor Richard Stroud, chairman of the Education, Learning and Leisure committee, said: “This new library will be a wonderful facility for Westhill.  It has such a wide range of resources on offer for the community and I hope that the local community will make very good use of it.”   

Councillor Isobel Davidson, vice-chair of the committee, said: “It’s wonderful that so many school pupils have been involved with creating a library resource that will benefit them.”

Stock in the junior section of the library has been hand-picked by children from Crombie, Elrick, Skene and Westhill Primary Schools.

Network Librarians Gill Gourlay and Jill Noble said: “Since first working with the children in January, we’ve all been really impressed at how thoughtful they have been in making their selections.

“They also had to work to a budget in choosing picture, fiction and information books for school work and pleasure.

“This is a 21st Century library and this is a modern approach to involving our local readers. We are very proud of the huge contribution they have made.”

On display will also be artwork created by pupils from the primary schools and students at Westhill Academy.

Between March and June the library worked with local artists Gabrielle Reith and Phil Thomson, helped by Jim Fiddes of Skene Heritage Society, to reflect on what Westhill means to them and then to show this in drawings.

The library will also have extra opening hours (Monday 10am – 7.30pm, Tuesday 10am – 5pm, Wednesday 1pm – 7.30pm, Thursday 10am – 5pm, Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturday 10am – 1pm).

For more information visit www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/libraries