New Edition of ANGUSalive’s Montrose Library Out NowNeil Hardie
ANGUSalive, the culture, sport and leisure trust for Angus, is proud to reopen the stunningly refurbished Montrose Library. The new flexible community space is now open to deliver well-loved library services and activities, face-to-face Angus Council customer services as well as community learning resources and some very exciting enhancements.
This new chapter of Montrose Library pays homage to the heritage of the library building. A bright and fun children’s library to encourage reading and play has been given a magical seaside adventure theme honouring the Montrose motto ‘the sea enriches, the rose adorns’.
There is the new Esk Pod that can be booked for small meetings, group study or client meetings and the upstairs Rose Room has been named to reflect the Montrose-themed stained glass window above the library’s staircase and the burgh arms above the entrance bay.
The Rose Room is digitally enabled and offers an accessible space for community, professional and commercial exhibitions, large group activities, meetings or private functions such as weddings, parties and celebrations.
There is also a smaller function room dedicated to Montrose’s first public librarian, James Christison, who was born and educated in the town. The James Christison Room is suitable for small group activities and meetings; this space is also accessible. Visitors have access to computers via the Peoples’ Network and can enjoy free Wi-Fi with a selection of hot drinks available for purchase; the newest ANGUSalive Library is ready to surprise you!
The first edition of Montrose Library, gifted to the town by Scottish philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, dates back to 1905 when it was opened by MP John Morley. Today’s new modern space is the second ANGUSalive Library to undergo refurbishment works which have been sympathetic to original features, whilst enhancing it for generations to come. This is the second library project funded by Angus Council under major capital improvement works.