Tourist information service is on the move

Wed, 14/11/2018 - 09:41

Lichfield’s new library, heritage and arts centre, which is set to open its doors in December, will include Lichfield District Council’s tourist information service.

The new £1.4 million library and arts and heritage space in the former St Mary’s Church has opened up the ground floor to accommodate the library and tourist information centre. The first floor will include a versatile gallery, heritage and performance space, as well as an access point for digitised archive collections.

Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Cabinet member responsible for libraries, said: “I am delighted that the work on this exciting project has come to fruition in an excellent location in the heart of Lichfield.

“The county council’s investment will ensure a first class library there for the next 30 years, safeguard the future of a landmark building and support shops and businesses around St Mary’s by increasing footfall.”

The new library, which will also be equipped with computers, free Wi-Fi and 3D printers, is scheduled to open on Monday 17 December at 9am. Before that the current library at The Friary will close for the last time at 4pm on Saturday 1 December.

While one end of the first floor will have a balcony overlooking the level below, its central space will be occupied by a flexible performance and exhibition space with seating for more than 130.

The ground floor will be home to Lichfield’s tourist information desk.

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Environment & Development Services, said: “We’re really excited about moving our tourist information services back into the redeveloped St Mary’s. Not only will the new venue help us to serve even more customers, the footfall we attract will in turn help to boost local shops and businesses.

“From information about local events and tour tickets, through to visitor information for a wide range of local attractions, we would encourage people to come in and visit us to find out more about what our fantastic city and district have to offer.”

To allow the move to take place, the tourist information desk in the old library will close on Saturday 1 December and will reopen in St Mary’s on Monday 17 December 2018.