Kettering Library work taking longer than expected

Site manager Paul Farrell, library manager Sheila Foster and principal librarian Anne Lovely
Site manager Paul Farrell, library manager Sheila Foster and principal librarian Anne Lovely
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Work to restore Kettering Library to its former glory has been delayed.

A project was launched at Kettering Library in August, which included the building’s floor being dug up so its original block flooring can be restored.

Work was expected to be finished in November, but has been delayed for at least a month as the ambition was to use the building’s existing floor blocks, but these had to be sent to a kiln as they had a high moisture content.

The project was split into two phases, with half of the library being dug up while the other part still housing books and other facilities.

The first phase has been completed and customers have already had a glimpse of the library’s new look.

Principal librarian for the north of the county, Anne Lovely, said: “The first phase took longer than anticipated but I’m hoping the project will be finished by Christmas.

“The first part of the work has been finished and it looks fabulous.

“A lot of people have commented on how good it looks so we’re really excited to finish off the rest of the building.”

The project was funded with £250,000 from Northamptonshire County Council.