Cumbria

Self-service machines for Carlisle library

Carlisle library
Image caption The library in Carlisle's Lanes Shopping Centre opened in 1986

Carlisle library is due to be revamped for the first time since it opened 25 years ago.

The £100,000 refurbishment will include the installation of self-service machines, allowing people to borrow and return books themselves.

Stock will also be re-arranged and there will be a new layout for the computer area.

During the work, which starts on Monday and is expected to last a week, the library will offer a limited service.

Councillor Gary Strong, Cumbria County Council's cabinet member responsible for libraries, said: "The changes will allow more library staff to get out from behind the counter and really provide a service which involves interacting with library customers."

The county council is currently carrying out a consultation on a shake-up of its library service.

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