MEMBERS of the public will get an early look at Huntingdon s new £4.6million library and records centre in Princes Street on Saturday next week, in advance of the full opening on June 11. The mammoth task of transferring thousands of books and nearly a mi

MEMBERS of the public will get an early look at Huntingdon's new £4.6million library and records centre in Princes Street on Saturday next week, in advance of the full opening on June 11.

The mammoth task of transferring thousands of books and nearly a million irreplaceable historic archives of Huntingdonshire begins this coming Saturday, when the old records office in Grammar School Walk closes its doors for the last time.

The temporary library in Dryden House, near the town's police station, will close on May 15, with a mobile library in the market square bridging the gap until the new showpiece opens a month later.

The new building will feature the latest technology from the self-service and wi-fi facilities in the library to the most modern, purpose-built hi-tech storage facilities that meet stringent national standards for protecting and conserving historic documents, Cambridgeshire County Council said yesterday (Tuesday).

There will be a spacious children's library, new facilities for the Cromwell Collection, a Learning Centre and community meeting rooms for all kinds of events.

Head of libraries, information and archives Lesley Noblett said: "We are really excited to be moving into our stunning new home - bringing Huntingdon's library and historical resources under one roof for the first time. There is huge amount of work to be done, but we can't wait to open the doors to everyone."

INFORMATION: The public preview on Saturday May 16 will be from 10am to 4pm. The mobile library will be in Huntingdon market square from Monday May 18 to Saturday, June 13, 9.30am-4pm, except for Friday and Monday May 23 and 25.