Libraries and heritage by the sea: Saltcoats

30 Jun

Some pictures and thoughts from Saturday’s CILIPS West excursion. A grand day out, which might become annual – highly recommend going next year if so.

Adventures of a Retired Librarian

What could be better on a summer Saturday morning than getting a train to the seaside? No buckets and spades required though – this was a CILIPS West outing to Saltcoats to view its library and Heritage Centre. Six visitors had a fine time thanks to the efficient arrangements made by Alison McAllister, Systems and Support Officer at North Ayrshire Libraries.

We began our visit in Saltcoats Library, set in a pretty park, where we were met by Area Librarian, Jim Macaulay. Librarians, as we know, are fuelled by cake, so it was good to start with coffee and strawberry tarts. The serious business over with, Jim told us a bit about the work of the Library before showing us round. It’s open 50 hours per week and serves a population of around 13000, from which result 6-7000 visits per month and 57000 adult and 14000 children’s issues per year. That sounds pretty good to…

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