New study area named after former librarian

Mary Hoban
Mary Hoban

PLANS to name a new study area after a well-respected former librarian have been approved.

The Mary Hoban Centre for Local Studies is expected to be unveiled in September after Hartlepool Borough Council chiefs backed the plans.

The Central Library, in York Road, Hartlepool, has recently been given a revamp which included the creation of a dedicated study area for local history.

Council bosses have agreed to name the area after the former librarian to recognise her contribution to the town.

Mary began working for Hartlepool Libraries in 1959 and was reference librarian of the town from 1967 to the time of her sudden death in 2004 aged 61.

Independent councillor Hilary Thompson, cabinet member responsible for culture, leisure and tourism, agreed the proposals at a recent meeting.

Generations of youngsters in Hartlepool have studied for exams using resources planned and managed by Mary, who was also involved with the Hartlepool Archaeological & Historical Society, Hartlepool Music Society, the Citizens Advice Bureau and Chamber of Commerce.

Coun Thompson said: “Somebody that has done so much for Hartlepool deserves the recognition.

“She helped many students in town and naming the local studies area after Mary is a lovely idea.”

Graham Jarritt, the council’s libraries and community manager, said: “Apart from working and being the borough’s reference librarian, she was also a larger than life character.”

John Mennear, the council’s assistant director (community services), added: “Mary was heavily involved in the local history and archaeological societies and was really quite a stalwart.”