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Bradford Central Library closed due to fire risk

Bradford Central Library
Image caption The building is closed for four days for fire safety work

Bradford's main library has been closed after being identified as a fire risk.

A routine inspection revealed improvements were needed in the safety standards in Bradford Central Library, which is housed in a 1960s tower block.

Work to increase the number of fire doors and enclose the building's stairwell has started.

Bradford councillor David Green said: "The building will be closed for four days and open again at the end of the week."

Mr Green added: "We are determined that the library will continue to be there to provide a service."

The library also includes the city's archive.

During 2010-11 more than 238,000 books were loaned out by library staff.

The building in Prince's Way is eight storeys high but most of it is not open to the public.

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