Westminster City Council is continuing to improve the quality of library service for residents and visitors. As part of this, Westminster Reference Library is temporarily closing for refurbishment from 12 December 2017.
The ground floor of the library will reopen on Monday 5 March 2018 with other floors opening as works are completed. The works taking place are the first to happen to the library for ten years.
These include essential works on the flooring, walls and lighting. The IT desks are being moved in the library to maximise space and the study areas are being reconfigured so the public can bring in their own laptop or tablet.
Maintenance works will also take place on the listed features of the building. The vast majority of the wooden shelving will be kept with the wooden panelling and stairs being restored through French polish, in order to keep the historic character of the building.
Westminster City Council is committed to prevent the permanent closure of libraries but is continuing to make sure libraries operate as a vital service for residents. Services will run as usual at Charing Cross Library and in other local libraries across the borough.
Cllr David Harvey, cabinet member for environment, sports and community, said: “Libraries play a vital role in our communities and we are committed to ensuring the continued improvement of our library service for everyone. As part of this commitment Westminster Reference Library will be temporarily closing while essential works take place. We are making sure the works are done as quickly as possible, so people can return and enjoy the library.”
Further information on library opening times can be found at www.westminster.gov.uk/further-contact-details
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