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Guille-Alles launches 'Late Night Library'

Guille-Alles launches 'Late Night Library'

Thursday 26 September 2019

Guille-Alles launches 'Late Night Library'

Thursday 26 September 2019

The Guille-Alles Library is lengthening its opening hours for the first time in decades - staying open until 21:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The 'Late Night Library' initiative will begin on 1 October, with free tea and coffee on offer for the first month.

"As the nights start drawing in, now seems like the perfect time for the library to start staying open later," said Head of Marketing, Adam Bayfield. "We hope people will appreciate the opportunity to borrow and return books outside regular working hours, as well as using the building as a community and social space for reading, playing board games and video games, doing jigsaw puzzles and all sorts of other activities that help boost health and wellbeing.


"We also see Late Night Library as a great way to improve our offering for students who, until now, have had minimal access outside school or office hours. If you're studying for school exams, accountancy exams or any other qualification, come and make use of our quiet study space, our WiFi and our coffee machine."

The library is currently open until 17:30 on weekdays.

To launch the new initiative, the library is running a competition giving everyone who uses their library card to borrow a book during the evening in October the chance to win a Kindle Fire.

"As well as improving our own service, Late Night Library is also an opportunity for other organisations and charities to make use of the building," added Mr Bayfield. "If you run an organisation and you're looking for a venue for an evening club or drop-in we would love to hear from you."

children's library Cornelia James

Pictured: Cornelia James in the Guille-Alles Children's Library.

The States of Guernsey's mental health primary care service, Healthy Minds, is using the lengthened opening hours to offer support and mark World Mental Health Day. The team will be on hand at the library on Tuesday 8 and Thursday 10 October for a chat or to find out more information about the service.

The library itself plans to hold frequent events during evening openings, including LEGO nights for families, Living History tours, workshops for creative writers, Quiet Hours aimed at people with autism and regular IT classes.

More information on the library's events and services is available here.

Pictured top: The Guille-Alles Library.

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