£157,000 transformation for Briercliffe Library

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A BURNLEY library is set to undergo a £157,000 transformation to bring the building into the 21st Century.

Briercliffe Library will be furnished with state-of-the-art equipment, including wi-fi internet and new computers, as part of the Regenerate programme.

The Jubilee Street building, which closes on January 26th, will be doubled in size before it re-opens on May 4th, as the library expands into the neighbouring former health clinic.

The total refurbishment, which is being overseen by Lancashire County Council, will see everything from new heating, lighting, decorations, carpets, counter, shelves, automatic doors, and wireless internet installed in the building.

When it re-opens, the library will offer a host of facilities including books, spoken word, newspapers, drinks machine, comfy seats and study tables, and moveable shelving units to allow for activities and events.

There will also be more public computers and a larger children’s area.

County Coun. Mike Calvert, Cabinet member for adult and community services, said: “When Briercliffe Library re-opens, the local community will be able to enjoy a bigger, more modern library service, with much better facilities and lot more space, including a larger area for children.

“As well as all the traditional library services, there will be moveable shelves to allow for activities and events, and improved technology such as wi-fi computer access.

“Other changes, such as automatic doors, will also ensure there is better access to the library.”