Lancashire

Blackpool Central Library reopens after £3m revamp

Anne Ellis Head of Blackpool Libraries
Image caption The new community rooms can be used by the likes of poetry and reading groups

Blackpool's Central Library has reopened after undergoing a year-long £3m refurbishment.

The renovation of the Grade II-listed building on Queen Street includes a new extension with three rooms for community groups to use and a cafe.

The head of Blackpool Libraries, Anne Ellis, said up to 4,000 members of the public were consulted about what they wanted in the revamp.

"We wanted to make it bright and airy and we have achieved that," she said.

"I'm delighted with the results, especially the eight modern stained glass windows which were designed by Nick Robertson."

The Big Lottery Fund provided £2m for the project with the remaining £1m coming from Blackpool Council.

The library, which is 100 years old on 26 October, was designed by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

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