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Coffee Break for Sutton Library Users - 11.06.09

Ever fancied a coffee after pouring through Sutton Central Library's tens of thousands of books? Now you can do just that at the library's brand new café.

Officially opened on Wednesday 10 June, the café is a joint venture to relocate the SCOLA coffee shop to Sutton Library.

The move will see the ground floor of Sutton Library open on Mondays for the first time in its 34 year history.

It's a welcome return for the coffee shop. The London Borough of Sutton was one of the first councils in the country to introduce a coffee shop to the library back in 1975. The new café has been completely refurbished and offers a delicious range of sandwiches, pastries, baked potatoes, snacks as well as hot and cold drinks.

The ground floor of Sutton Library provides a quick read browsing area with the latest bestsellers. The service is predominately self-service, providing an easy way for people to issue their own books and return them. Sutton Council's libraries were one of the first public library services in the country to introduce new technology to enable a self-issue service.

Cllr Graham Tope, Executive Member for Libraries and Leisure on Sutton Council said:

"I am delighted about the new coffee shop, I'm sure it will be very popular with the library's 50,000 visitors a month. Libraries are one of our borough's greatest assets. In another milestone, the library is now open 7 days a week, for the first time in its 34 years."

Last updated: Tuesday, 16 June 2009

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