RESIDENTS took advantage of new books, more computers and more space at a new library.

The new Mile Oak library has been built as part of the development of Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (Paca). The new library, which opened on Monday, is a joint initiative by Brighton and Hove City Council library service and Paca.

Councillor Geoffrey Bowden, chairman of the economic development and culture committee, said: “I am delighted that we are opening this wonderful new facility, particularly at a time when many local authorities are closing libraries.

The library will open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 2pm and 5pm.

It will open between 2pm and 7pm on Thursdays, 2pm and 5pm on Fridays and 9.30am to midday on Saturdays.