They were joined by local Councillors, residents and pupils from Russell Scott Primary School.
The new Denton Library actually takes the service back to its original roots. The building now known as Denton Town Hall was constructed in 1888 as the Denton and Haughton Free Library.
As well as a full range of fiction and non fiction books, large print, talking books, children’s books and reference publications, there are also new IT facilities and free Wi-Fi available for public use. Customer Services has also moved back to the Town Hall.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“I was delighted to join the Mayor Denton’s Councillors and pupils from Russell Scott to celebrate the library coming home.
“Not many people realise the building actually started life as Denton and Haughton’s Free Library back in 1888-9, and it’s great to see a state of the art facility opening in the place where it all began.”
Denton North East Councillor Allison Gwynne added:
“It’s nice to see the Town Hall building buzzing with activity again. I’m really pleased that Tameside Council has chosen to invest in this facility for our town, given the tight financial constraint the Council find themselves in.”
The old library space and other empty rooms at Denton Festival Hall will be used as replacement office space for the Council Offices in Ashton. The public hall will remain open for community hire and the Denton Local History Society and Duke Street Music Project all remain unaffected by the move.