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Hull's Western Library gets 'long overdue' facelift

The first public library to be built in Hull has been closed for five months to be refurbished.

In 1895 the Western Library, on the Boulevard, became the first in the city to be built using public funds.

A planned extension will house a lift and stairs giving access to the first floor which has been shut for 30 years.

Hull Councillor Terry Geraghty said the library was "much loved" and the "long overdue" facelift would provide extra meeting rooms for public use.

Despite the major overhaul, the council said the library would retain its original Victorian features.

An adjacent garden will also be opened for community use as part of the work.

Temporary library facilities will be provided at the nearby Village Hall From Monday 7 November.

Much of the funding for the work is being provided by the James Reckitt Library Trust and the Townscape Heritage Initiative.

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