Slough library lends its last book before move

Slough Library 1974 Image copyright Slough Borough Council
Image caption Slough's library opened in 1974

A town centre library in Berkshire is to shut its doors for the last time, ahead of a move to a new building.

Slough's 1974 central library was considered state-of-the-art when it was built but is closing as part of a redevelopment scheme.

Thousands of books are due to be moved to a new library in The Curve development nearby.

Joginder Bal, of Slough Borough Council, said the building had "served us well for four decades".

"The Curve will be bringing the library service into the modern world whilst retaining the traditional lending, children's activities and customer service which are the foundation of any great library," he added.

Image copyright Slough Borough Council
Image caption Two hotels within one 10-storey building are due to be built on the former library site

The library site is due to be redeveloped with planning permission given for two hotels earlier this year.

Along with a restaurant and bar, they form part of the Heart of Slough project which has also provided a new bus station, cultural centre and office developments.

The library at The Curve development is due to open on 2 September.

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