Newton Abbot library prepares to move into revamped building

Posted on: 11 May 2012

Preparations are underway to move hundreds of books and other resources into the new library at the Passmore Edwards Centre ready for when it opens on Monday 25 June at 9.30am.

The landmark building is currently undergoing an extensive multimillion pound redevelopment to turn it into a new multi-service facility that will house a modern 21st century library, adult and community learning facility, and services that are supporting people with learning disabilities, as well as an IT suite, WIFI technology, café and meeting rooms available for local groups to use.

The temporary library at Teign House will close at 5pm on Friday 8 June to allow the transfer of books and other resources to take place.

The Railway Studies collection will be closed from 4pm on Saturday 26 May.

Extra items can be borrowed to see people through the closure period, and members can also visit any one of Devon’s fifty libraries, the neighbouring ones  being at Kingsteignton, Kingskerswell, Ashburton and Buckfastleigh. Full details are available online at

Adult and Community Learning courses currently underway at Teign House will continue to be held there until the end of July so as not to disrupt the academic year. This is with the exception of ICT courses, will run at the Passmore Edwards Centre from Monday 25 June as the computers will have been transferred to the new IT suite.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Communities, said:

“We are now in the final stages of redeveloping the Passmore Edwards Centre, and are busy coordinating moving the library back into the building, and welcoming the other services that will be housed there, such as our Adult and Community Learning Service.

“I would like to thank residents for how patient and understanding they have been during this temporary relocation. Although we have been at Teign House longer than anticipated, I know the wait will be worthwhile.”

The Community will have the chance to see inside the Passmore Edwards Centre before it opens for business at a special ‘sneak preview’ afternoon on Saturday 23 June from 2 – 5pm. Residents are invited to drop in for refreshments and take a look around the building to see what facilities are on offer before it opens on Monday 25 June at 9.30am.

Councillor Anne Fry, Devon County Council local member for Newton Abbot North, said:

“Newton Abbot residents will be delighted to see the Library, the  most prestigious building in the town,  re-open on the 25th June and I would encourage people to attend to special preview on the afternoon of the 23rd June to see for themselves the work that has been done to restore the building  to secure  its  future  for another 100 years, along with the new facilities that are on offer.”

Councillor Gordon Hook, Devon County Council local member for Newton Abbot South, said:

“This is a really good news story for Newton Abbot. I am truly delighted to hear of all the progress being made. I am sure the opening cannot come too soon for local residents of all ages.”

A programme of special events to showcase what the Centre has to offer is also being drawn up following a well attended community meeting where residents put forward their ideas. Details of the events, which will run during the first three weeks of opening, will be announced soon. Watch this space!

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