Brooke Park Library opened in the early 1900s and remained the main library in the city until June 1973 when it was burnt down. A large percentage of the significant and valuable collection of local history material was lost in the fire. By this time the Library was run by the City's Corporation and continued to operate from temporary premises. In September 1973 the WELB took over Brooke Park Library and the Bishop Street Library. In 1978 Brooke Park Library closed and the Central Library opened in Asylum Road. All Local History stock which had been saved fromn the fire was eventually moved to the Central Library. Central Library moved again in 1986 to a renovated church in Great James Street and finally to its current purpose built building in June 1990. The Library Service in the Western Board's area operates via 16 branch libraries, 9 public and three specialist mobile libraries. The library also services 106 centres, including hospitals, community homes, as well as 270 schools. All service points offer a wide range of book and non-book materials, to suit all tastes, and for all ages of readers, for adults and children alike. Library staff have extensive links with the wider community.