Manchester City Council

Spring opening for state-of-the-art Avenue centre

The opening date for North Manchester’s new Avenue Library and Learning Centre has been announced.

The state-of-the-art new centre, at the junction of Victoria Avenue and Rochdale Road in Higher Blackley, will open at 9am on Tuesday 8 May.

The new library will offer longer opening hours than the outdated Higher Blackley Library, which it will replace.

Other appealing features include a light and airy environment with places to study as well as comfortable seating for relaxing and browsing.

The library will be well stocked with new books and DVDs and have more than 20 computers with free WiFi internet. There will also be a children's library and dedicated teen zone, a community meeting room and regular events and activities for all the family.

The new learning centre will be on the building's upper floor. It will offer top quality training to local residents, helping them to get work, progress in work, develop their skills and gain new qualifications in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

There will be a wide range of learning opportunities on offer, including employability skills and vocational courses. There will also be courses to help people brush up their English, Maths and computer skills, as well as a chance to take part in art courses, foreign language courses and activities for the whole family

Councillor Mike Amesbury, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, said: "This new building is a strong demonstration of the enduring importance of libraries in our communities and the council's continuing commitment to them.

"People in Higher Blackley and Charlestown deserve a top quality library service and we're confident they will agree that the Avenue will provide exactly that. It's great news that the opening is now just around the corner."

Deputy Council leader, Councillor Sue Murphy, said: "Whether people are coming to upgrade their qualifications or get back into work, or both, the new learning centre will be an extremely valuable community asset. Sharing a building with the library will further enhance what's on offer."

The new library will be open on Mondays 9am - 8pm, Tuesdays 9am - 5pm, Thursdays 9am - 5pm and Saturdays 9am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm.  The new learning centre will be open at the same times and also on Wednesdays 9am - 5pm.