Normally, at this time of year we’d be joining in with the Heritage Open Days Festival, celebrating the wonderful history of The Old Library and our local area.

For Heritage Open Days back in 2018, we welcomed visitors inside the grounds for the first time since the library closed and shared our new designs for the building, gathering feedback on all the events & activities that our community would like to enjoy when The Old Library re-opens.

Fast forward to 2019 when construction work had started on site and we spent a whole weekend showing people some of the amazing heritage features of the building as it was stripped back to its bare bones – a rare chance to see real heritage restoration in progress.

This year, we had planned to be open and finally able to celebrate without the hard-hats and high vis jackets! But with all the challenges 2020 has thrown our way, we have to wait a little longer before we can welcome our community back inside the building.

Instead, we put together this little film which shows you some sneak peeks of The Old Library as we near completion and you can hear from some of our staff, local volunteers & contractors who have supported the project over the last 18 months.


Heritage Open Days 2020 from Lister Steps & The Old Library on Vimeo.