People in Northampton will soon be able to register births, deaths and marriages at Northampton’s Central Library instead of the Guildhall.
The county council has announced that Northamptonshire Registration Office is to move to the library in Abington Street, with work starting on new offices on November 9.
Marriage and civil partnership ceremonies, naming ceremonies and renewals of vows will continue to be held at the Guildhall, as well as at a range of venues across the county. Citizenship ceremonies will continue to be held at County Hall.
Relocating to the library means that the Registration Service will be able to offer appointments on Saturdays for the first time and the new offices will include private areas for more sensitive appointments such as registering a death.
The move follows the recent relocation of Corby, Oundle and Towcester Register Offices to their respective libraries, where customers registering births are now introduced to library staff who explain the benefits of joining their baby to the library and the children’s services on offer there.
County council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing Cllr Robin Brown said: “Libraries in Northamptonshire are increasingly becoming a hub for a wide range of community services.
“Moving registration offices in Northampton from the Guildhall to Central Library will make it easier for people to access those services and customers will benefit from the extended opening hours at our libraries.
“By bringing the services together, parents who want to register a birth, for example, can then find out about library membership and children’s centre services – all in one place.
“If the model continues to be a success, we will look to relocate the remaining three offices in Kettering, Wellingborough and Daventry in due course.”
Central Library will be the statutory register office for the county and the venue for marriage and civil partnership registrations. It will also display the notices for all upcoming marriages and civil partnerships in the county for the statutory period.
All registrations are by appointment only, which can be booked by visiting www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/appointments. Customers can register their events at any office in the county.
For information about the range of ceremonies offered by Northamptonshire Registration Service, visit www.yourdaynorthants.com.