Residents are invited to the launch of the new Barlow Moor Community Library on Saturday 15 February.
The library will be based within the new Barlow Centre, a community hub for Chorlton's Mersey Bank Estate. It has been established through a partnership between Manchester City Council, Southway Housing Trust and Barlow Moor Community Association, with contractors Wates Living Space.
The opening event takes place from 12 – 3pm, promising food, drink and fun for all the family, as well as an official ribbon cutting.
The library will be larger than the estate’s previous temporary library and will feature more public computers, plus longer opening hours - opening from 9:30 – 12noon and 1:30 – 4pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
As well as a library, the community centre, which will be run by the Barlow Moor Community Association, will include a dedicated youth area, meeting rooms, a children’s centre and an IT suite.
Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Rosa Battle, said: "The new Barlow Moor Community Library will provide an improved, sustainable service for the Mersey Bank Estate. As a vital part of the new Barlow community centre, it will help give residents the chance to meet new people and develop new skills."
Karen Mitchell, Chief Executive of Southway Housing said "We are proud to be part of a project that will deliver real benefits for everyone within the local community. The library and community centre provide much needed modern facilities and a space for the community to take pride in."