Kettering Library restoration to start

County councillor Heather Smith, Kettering Council leader Russell Roberts, library staff and Friends of Kettering Library outside the library
County councillor Heather Smith, Kettering Council leader Russell Roberts, library staff and Friends of Kettering Library outside the library

The £250,000 refurbishment of Kettering Library will begin next Monday.

Work to replace the Sheep Street library’s wooden parquet flooring, which has been in place since the library was opened more than 100 years ago, re-open of the grand entrance and update lighting will begin on Monday.

The county council funding forms part of the restoration appeal launched by the Kettering Friends of the Library group in March this year, which hopes to restore the historical building to its former glory.

County council cabinet member for customer services Heather Smith said: “Kettering Library is one of town’s most eye-catching and historic buildings and is visited by an average of 800 people every day.

“The building is now over 100 years old and needs some attention and I’m pleased we have been able make this £250,000 investment to begin restoring the building.

“Fundraising is continuing for Kettering Library so I’d also like to remind everyone in the local community, individuals and businesses alike, Kettering Library is your library. Please get involved and help restore this building to its former glory.”

The library will remain open but there will be limited access while the work is taking place. People with disabilities will be able to access the library via the art gallery during usual opening times.

Stock will also be limited but customers can ask staff for specific items to be ordered or reserved.

To help raise funds for the library contact John Wilson, chairman of the Friends group, on 01536 518941.