Daventry registration offices relocate to the library today as the county council aims to make it easier for customers to access health services when registering births, marriages and deaths.
The move completes the programme of work to relocate the county’s registration offices to nearby libraries, where customers registering births will be offered a library card for their baby along with a free book highlighting the benefits of reading to infants.
A wide range of wellbeing services delivered by First for Wellbeing – the organisation formed by the council to deliver health and welfare services – will be on offer in the new offices.
These range from help on how to stop smoking, to how to improve financial and social or emotional wellbeing.
Councillor Sylvia Hughes, cabinet member for public health, said: “Libraries in Northamptonshire are run by First for Wellbeing for the county council and are increasingly becoming a hub for a wide range of community and wellbeing services.
“Moving registration offices into libraries will make it easier for people to access those services during extended opening hours, where there is a huge range of books and other resources and advice and support for people, all in one place.”
People are able to register a birth, a death or give notice of marriage or civil partnership in the offices at Daventry library.
Marriage and civil partnership ceremonies, naming ceremonies and renewals of vows will continue to be held at the Daventry District Council offices, while citizenship ceremonies remain at County Hall in Northampton.
There were fears the library could be demolished as part of the district council’s town centre redevelopment plans, but chief executive Ian Vincent said this would not be necessary in order to carry out the work on Site 1.