Library gets bigger and better

Inverurie Library launched a new range of initiatives last week, designed to mix the best of new technology and the area’s rich history. The extended library was officially opened by Aberdeenshire Provost, Bill Howatson.

Cool Computing for Couthie Customers was just one of the schemes being announced. Senior pupils from Inverurie Academy will buddy up with library users wishing to learn more about smartphones, tablets or simply getting the most from their home computers.

Pupils and library users will then use the new technology in the production of an oral history project.

A new library app has also been developed which will allow customers to access a host of library services direct from their smart phones, from reserving and renewing titles to checking upcoming events.

The building itself is sporting a different look after the installation of heritage panels, featuring verse from the poems of local writers William Thom and James Glennie and archive images depicting life in and around Inverurie.

The expansion of the library means it will also encapsulate the Carnegie Museum, and will continue to exhibit items in dedicated display cases. A ‘pop-up’ museum service is currently being trialled across Garioch, which sees small collections of museum artefacts circulated between libraries to complement the static museum service.

The collections are aimed at sparking debate, study and interest and will be a way of introducing and igniting young people’s enthusiasm for cultural history.