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Over the last year, many libraries in both the U.S and U.K have sadly been forced to close due to government cuts. However, Durham Public Library recently announced that they will be expanding to provide more office space, conference/ meeting rooms and study areas.

The library will be moving to a 2-storey house on 49 Madbury Road, which will  house up to 100 people and provide more computer stations for the public and comfortable office space for librarians . The current space will be tripled to form a new 10, 500 sq ft library, expected to open up to the public by 2013.

Library Director, Tom Madden said, “A new larger library has been a widely recognized Town need for many years, and is an essential investment in the future. Certainly, fourteen years after moving into temporary headquarters at the Mill Plazam, a proper new library is long overdue”.

Madden also said, “The response has been as positive as it can get. People have given wonderful suggestions including making the library green and putting in a cafe.”

Libraries are an important part of any community and it is encouraging to hear that Durham, NH are celebrating it and enforcing the idea that their library is a vital part of the town.

One Durham Resident summed it up pretty well by saying, “This could be the center of town. The importance of having a facility that brings people together is as important as access to the printed word.”

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