VIDEO: Library doors reopened

The front doors at Kettering Library were reopened today, Sunday, May 12, following renovation work.

Cllr Heather Smith cut the ribbon at an event held to celebrate the restoration of the Northamptonshire County Council building.

Cllr Heather Smith cuts the ribbon to reopen the doors of Kettering Library

Cllr Heather Smith cuts the ribbon to reopen the doors of Kettering Library

In March 2012, the Friends of Kettering Library group launched an appeal to restore the historic building to its former glory.

The county council kicked off the fundraising with an initial investment of £250,000 to restore the ancient wooden parquet flooring, which had been in place since the library was first opened more than 100 years ago.

As well as replacing the floor, the work also included redecorating the interior of the library, updating the lighting and re-opening the library’s grand entrance on to Sheep Street.

Kettering Council also funded the refurbishment of the toilet.

To celebrate the completion of this work, the Friends of Kettering Library group alongside the county council have together organised a special event which will include a re-enactment of the original library opening in 1904, featuring a special visit from Andrew Carnegie.

Cllr Smith, who has overseen the fundraising and refurbishment project, said: “Everyone is welcome to join us on this historic occasion and help celebrate the restoration of Kettering Library.

“The library is one of town’s most eye-catching and historic buildings and is visited by more than 800 people every day. The building is more than a century old so it’s not surprising it needed some attention and it’s been great to see the Friends of Kettering Library group and local community support this fundraising effort.

“I would also like to thank all of our customers for their patience while this work has been taking place. I hope you will all agree that it has been very worthwhile.”