Newton Aycliffe Library has reopened to the public with a new look in a new location.

The library’s bright and modern new base, within the town’s leisure centre on Beveridge Way, includes sections for teenagers and children, a study area and updated computer facilities.

It also offers a wide selection of current and classic titles in print and online while free wifi is available throughout the building.

Cllr Maria Plews, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for leisure, libraries and lifelong learning, said: “As well as providing a welcoming and well equipped environment for readers of all ages, we hope it will offer a convenient venue from which other community services can operate.

“The library will also be offering a council tax and housing benefits surgery once a week, bringing together a number of services under one roof in the heart of the town centre.”

The move from the library’s former base is part of a wider £1million scheme being carried out by the authority to help regenerate the town centre.

It has involved refurbishing a number of shop units adjoining the leisure centre and creating a shared entrance for the library and leisure centre.

The library will also offer workshops and activities. For more information or for holiday period opening hours visit