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Major overhaul gives Acklam Library 21st century IT boost

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Tuesday, 26 March 2024
Acklam Library IT suite opening

A major overhaul to update digital facilities at a key Middlesbrough community hub and library has been unveiled this week.

Acklam Community Hub and Library’s popular ICT suite has been completely refurbished as part of a £270,000 programme of new investment.

The new suite was officially opened at a special celebration event this week by Middlesbrough Mayor Chris Cooke and Cllr Janet Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive member for Community Safety.

The modern, vibrant space now has improved computer access, facilities for teaching and workshop-based sessions, dedicated space for users to bring their own devices to study with access to WiFi printing and a height-adjustable desk.

The project is the latest in a series of ambitious and innovative upgrades delivered by Middlesbrough Libraries thanks to Arts Council England’s Libraries Investment Fund (LIF).

Acklam became Middlesbrough’s eighth library when it opened in May, 1967 with an initial stock of 15,500 books.

Luke Burton, Director Libraries, Arts Council England, said: “I’m delighted to see the installation of updated digital resources across Middlesbrough libraries which has been made possible with a £270,000 grant from the Libraries Improvement Fund.

“It’s so important that everyone can access digital services and support in their local library and I’m sure that Middlesbrough’s communities will benefit immensely from these facilities.”

Mayor Cooke said: “Our libraries and hubs are the beating hearts of our communities, and that’s why people want us to invest in them.

“Our Libraries Service creates focal points for individuals and groups, and has led the way in harnessing the latest technology to deliver the best possible experience for all customers.

“Congratulations to everyone involved in making this new development a reality, and particular thanks to Arts Council England without whose funding support it simply wouldn’t have been possible.”

Pictured: Middlesbrough Council interim Chief Executive Clive Heaphy, Acklam ward Councillor Sheila Dean, Executive Member for Community Safety Councillor Janet Thompson, Middlesbrough Mayor Chris Cooke, Arts Council England Relationship Manager Ellie Whalley, Director, Libraries Arts Council England Luke Burton, and David Harrington, Project Manager, Digital Lead Middlesbrough Libraries.