DOUGLAS is slowly but surely rebuilding itself after the devastating fire in the car park of Douglas Village Shopping Centre in August.
The shopping centre has remained closed and until now residents have been left without a library service, but Douglas Library has now procured a temporary location. A pop-up service will operate in Douglas Community Centre from Thursday, November 7.
The part-time opening hours will be Thursday from 2:30pm-7:30pm, Friday from 10am-1pm and Saturday from 10am-4pm.
Commenting on the service, which is set to remain in place until December 21, Douglas Library said: "Come along and choose from our specially selected collection of brand new books for all ages, or read your favourite newspaper or magazine.
"Special events and activities for children; keep an eye on our website and social media pages for details as they are announced".
Welcoming the news, Independent Councillor Kieran McCarthy said: "I am very happy that Douglas Community Centre is a partner in the pop-up-library as they themselves provide amazing community services locally.
"There are also moves afoot to make provision for local organisations who wish to help with collections of donations of books for the new full Douglas library to be restored sometime during 2020.
"More information on this donation mechanism is to come forward to the public very shortly".
Last month, it was confirmed that three-quarters of the library’s books were damaged as a result of the fire.
Director of Services Adrienne Rodgers has also highlighted that the City Council is also making progress in restoring a full library service in Douglas on an interim basis.
This would be in a smaller location than the library damaged by the fire but would be on the basis of a five day, 40 hours per week service.
It is expected that there would be some refurbishment to be carried out to enable this interim solution, and council officials are urgently progressing this matter. Refurbishment is likely to take a number of months.
As Douglas Library was a lending facility, like other local libraries, one third approximately of the stock was in circulation outside of the premises at the time of the fire, and this stock will be available to initiate the resumption of service in Douglas.
The Council is in discussions with the relevant government department to secure funding for additional stock and says it is hopeful of a positive outcome.