Droylsden Library, Alan Murray-Rust (2013)

Droylsden Library Move Back On Track

Brownfield funding source sees return of plans to move Droylsden library to Guardsmen Tony Downes House

Back in 2015, Tameside MBC began a consultation to move Droylsden Library from its existing premises to the ground floor of Guardsmen Tony Downes House. As I attended a creative writing group there (and fell in love with the library), I chose to fill in the consultation.

What I loved about Droylsden’s library was its inter-war modernist exterior. I loved the airiness at street level and the non-fiction section and study area lower down. What I was less impressed with (by 2015 standards) was its approach to all parts of the library for wheelchair users. The lift to its three floors is only suitable for carrying books instead of readers.

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Public Libraries: As Good Today As They Have Ever Been

For National Libraries Week, East of the M60 looks at why public libraries have an important role in the 21st century

Dukinfield Library, Concord Way, Dukinfield
The first love for many bibliophiles: your local library, such as Dukinfield Library on Concord Way, which opened in November 1984.

Thank goodness for public libraries. With a parent or primary school teacher, they have helped ten of millions of Britons (or billions around the world) to get hooked on reading. Some, like this gentleman, have chosen the TV Times or the Manchester Evening News as their gateway drug (prior to borrowing their first book). Each day, many people call in for their literary fix. They come back for more every three weeks, sometimes carrying up to twelve items with them.

Whether Jackie Collins, Lewis Carroll or O.S. Nock, they can get sucked into a world of uncharted lands, plot lines, or travel back in time. Its mind altering substances, in hardback, paperback, or large print forms, are the written word. A psychosomatic substance for the theatre of the mind, dependent on one’s chosen interests.
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Cuts Scene Investigation: Changes to Tameside’s Libraries

Cuts Scene Investigation: Tameside’s Libraries (Part Three)

Longer hours, less staff, but all eight libraries saved by technological developments

Dukinfield Library, Concord Way, Dukinfield
Dukinfield Library, Concord Way, Dukinfield, as photographed in 2012 with a Zenit TTL 35mm SLR camera.

Almost four years have passed since we did our previous Cuts Scene Investigation on the future of Tameside’s libraries. A lot has happened since then with libraries moving to smaller premises in more convenient locations. It has meant reduced opening hours and the retention of West End and Haughton Green libraries – as community-run facilities.
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34 Years a Bibliophile: My Most Influential Books

My life between pages

Dukinfield Library, Concord Way, Dukinfield
The source of my bibliophile leanings since the 21 November 1984: Dukinfield Library, Concord Way.

There are several habits, rituals and substances we acquire throughout our lives, some of which are risky. Others are less risky; some take up square metres shelf space or need a few circuits around the block (and beg for treats every so often). Continue reading “34 Years a Bibliophile: My Most Influential Books”

Dukinfield Library Saved – Though Cuts Continue

Cuts Scene Investigation: Tameside’s Libraries (Part Two)

  • Populace opt for retention of main libraries;
  • Haughton Green, Denton West End, Newton, Mottram and Hurst libraries to close;
  • Reduced opening hours may follow on remaining libraries and Local Studies Library.

Dukinfield Library, Concord Way, Dukinfield
Saved: Dukinfield Library, Concord Way.

The fate of Tameside’s public libraries has been decided this week. Following a consultation, the people of Tameside have gone along with the council’s recommendation, denoted as Option Three on The Big Conversation webpage. Continue reading “Dukinfield Library Saved – Though Cuts Continue”

Cuts Scene Investigation: Tameside’s Libraries (Part Two)

An Open Letter to the People of Dukinfield

Dukinfield Library, Concord Way, Dukinfield
Our Unique Library: under threat from ConDem cutbacks.

What Could Happen, sometime in 2013: If Option One or Two is chosen, there will be no Dukinfield Library unless a community group takes over.

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