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The Lightbox is much more than many people’s perception of what a library offers, this new facility is a new focal point for the local community, particularly the next generation of technology-savvy learners.

It features four floors and provides a range of digital services, including cutting-edge virtual reality, a training suite complete with a 65-inch interactive touch screen, tablet computers, advanced printing and photocopying facilities.

The fully accessible building also includes a sanctuary room for people with autism and plays host to a Music and Memories Group, supported by the Alzheimer’s Society, designed for people living with dementia.

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The library’s events space act as a multi-purpose venue suitable for hosting large events, workshops and activities, while its rooftop terrace will offer fantastic views of the town centre.

Visitors also have access to a range of health and wellbeing services including support for parents and counselling, as well as drop-in sessions with midwives and health visitors.

Books are still be an integral part of the diverse offer – with members able to borrow a selection of books from multiple genres. By incorporating digital technology, interactive story times with innovative software brings stories to life through images, lights and sounds, and will help to develop speech, language and reading.

Library users also benefit from self-service access out of hours and on Sundays – making the Lightbox extremely accessible.