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(L-R) Kenneth Fraser, ANGUSalive chairperson, Kirsty Hunter, ANGUSalive chief executive, Fiona Dakers, senior manager, libraries, customer and culture, Lesley Marr, principal officer, libraries, customer and culture, Hannah Whaley, ANGUSalive vice-chairperson, Tracy Smith, Angus Council interior designer, Arlene Henderson, facilities officer Montrose library, Councillor Mark Salmond, Councillor Bill Duff, ANGUSalive board member. (In attendance but absent from the photo call was Councillor Tommy Stewart)

New Edition of ANGUSalive's Montrose Library out Now!

Published: Monday 3 September 2018

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.

Arlene Henderson, facilities officer, ANGUSalive's Montrose Library commented:

"I can't wait to welcome our customers, old and new, to this fantastic new space. Montrose library is 113 years old and this amazing refurbishment will ensure it continues to provide a first-class facility for our community for many years to come. We hope people will join us from today, Monday 3 September and come along to one or more of our opening events. Our Grand Opening Day is this Saturday, 8 September at 11am and everyone is welcome to attend. Please pop in, have a look around and tell us what you think."

Angus Council's communities convener, councillor Mark Salmond said:

"We are thrilled with the results of our continued investment in public libraries in Angus and we are confident that this beautiful building has been sympathetically enhanced as a modern and welcoming community facility. Along with the ANGUSalive Libraries team, we hope that the new edition of the library will inspire the people of Montrose and I encourage everyone to join in the events during the launch fortnight."

ANGUSalive's full programme of events, available at ANGUSalive Libraries Facebook page, begins today, Monday 3 September and includes the grand opening on Saturday 8 September with delicious cake kindly donated by Madisons Café and Bistro. Kids can enjoy free face-painting by Rhiannon and award-winning crime author Stuart MacBride will officially open the new library. To celebrate our opening and discover how you can book your special parties with ANGUSalive, there is also a Building Blocks Party from 2pm-3pm for children aged 5-9 years. Bookings for this event are essential, please book online at

On Saturday 15 September, Montrose Library invites you to join 'Food for Thought', an afternoon with leading food writer and a regular with BBC Good Food Guide, Sue Lawrence, who will be delivering a talk on wholesome cooking, winning MasterChef and of course her recipe books. As part of the event, Angus food suppliers will round off the afternoon with tasty food delights; please book online at

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