Costing £900,000, the new Library has dedicated public library space on the ground floor almost three times the size of the old library. It will offer books, DVDs, information, local history, maps, illustrations, journals, and newspapers and other library materials. It will have a quiet area, comfortable seating, toilet facilities, study spaces and public access computers. The furniture and shelving will be moveable so that space can be made available for author talks, local history events and community workshops.

Rother District Council will also have two employees permanently based at a Community Help Point in the building, giving residents access to district and county council services and the offer of advice and information.

Rother District Council cabinet member Cllr Paul Osborne said: “The new facility has been created with our goal of putting customers first and we are pleased that people will be able to access many of our services quickly and easily. We are delighted to have worked with county on this project to increase both library space and customer service provision.”