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News - 26 March 2005

Hove library to close for renovation

A £350,000 improvement programme for Hove library is set to start in May. It is anticipated the building would close on June 11 and re-open in October. Officials were keen that Brighton’s Jubilee Library was up and running before Hove closed.

The culture and tourism sub-committee says external works to repair the roof and stonework plus damp-proofing are expected to start around May 16. Six weeks notice of closure of the building would be given, before internal works start. These would include installation of lifts from the ground floor to the basement and first floor, disabled-accessible toilets, asbestos removal, plaster repairs and decorating.

The council will look into setting up a stop for the mobile library nearby. Staff from Hove will be used to cover additional opening at libraries elsewhere.

Improvements to services would include self-issue terminals similar to those proving popular at the Jubilee Library. There would also be a computerised booking system, better security and CCTV.

For the first time disabled people would have full access to all public parts of the building.

Deputy council leader Sue John said: “Hove library is a wonderful building and we’re now looking for services and facilities to match.

“We’ve created a really first-class library for Brighton which is proving extremely popular and now it’s Hove’s turn.”

Councillors are being asked to approve the timetable for works at the meeting today.


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