Monday 29th November 2021:
Building renovations have started in earnest at Darlington Library, with the first stage of scaffolding work taking place.
We aim to keep any disruption to services to a minimum during this stage of the work. However, if we need to make any changes these will be communicated here and on our social media pages
There will be pavement closures on East Street, Crown Street and Priestgate to make room for scaffolding but the library will remain open with diversions and crossing points in place.
Darlington Library houses the Lending Library, Reference Library, e-Library Computer Suite, Darlington Centre for Local Studies and the Crown Street Art Gallery, a gallery space championing exciting new artwork by local and regional artists.
You will find Darlington's Central Library on Crown Street in the centre of the market town. There are two entrances at the front of the building and an accessible lift at the Priestgate end of the building, which takes you straight into the main lending library.
Within the Grade 2 listed building you will find:
The Lending Library, which has a stock of hardback and paperback fiction books, from bestsellers through to the classics; non-fiction titles to read for pleasure, for information or to help with your studies. If you have problems reading print, or if you like to listen whilst driving or doing the ironing, there is a large collection of books on CD available for loan. If you want to brush up on your language skills, we have a variety of language courses available for hire, in a range of European and Asian languages.
The Word, a separate area for younger readers, from babies right through to teenagers, where you will find storybooks, books to help with your homework, and books that are just for fun! There are also books on CD for all ages, and a collection of DVDs for our younger users. Saturday story and craft sessions take place in here, as do our weekly Baby rhymetime sessions.
Our public computers can be found in the e-library at the East Street end of the building. There are 32 computers available to library members free of charge for 30 minutes, there is a charge for longer periods. On these PCs you can read your emails, write your CV, book your holiday or just surf the net. We also run computer courses here. Also in this room you will find our collection of music CDs which are available to borrow for a week for a hire charge of £1.
The Reference Library houses a collection of dictionaries, encyclopaedias and general up-to-date information books which are not available for loan. Daily newspapers in English and other languages are available here, together with a collection of popular weekly and monthly magazines. On the computers in this room you can use our range of online resources, some of which you can also access free of charge from your computer at home. Photocopying facilities are also available here for a small charge.
The Centre for Local Studies is also housed in the Darlington Library building.
Darlington Library (Crown Street) Annual Trustee Meeting
Darlington Library, Crown Street, was opened on the 23 October 1885.The library was a great philanthropic gift to the Town by the Pease Family and it has contributed very significantly to the education, advancement and well-being of the people of Darlington.
An annual meeting of the Trustees is held as close as to the original opening date of the library as can be arranged. This year it will be held on Friday, the 22 October 2021, at 11am and will be a virtual meeting, via Microsoft Teams.
The Trustees are the Leader of Darlington Borough Council Cllr Mrs Heather Scott OBE and three Independent Trustees, Elizabeth Dodds, Yvonne Richardson and Matthew Roche. More details are available below:
Information about the Trustees Appendix 1.pdf (darlington.gov.uk)
Terms of Reference - Appendix 2.pdf (darlington.gov.uk)
The agenda for the meeting is available here Agenda for Crown Street Library Trustees on Friday, 22nd October, 2021, 11.00 am Darlington Borough Council
There will be updates about the Library Service and its future plans, the building refurbishment and renovation.
The meeting can viewed at https://www.youtube.com/user/DarlingtonBC