Library's £500,000 revamp revealed in Leicester

Final preparations are taking place this weekend on a £500,000 revamp of Leicester's new-look Central Library.

The city council has altered the building on Bishop Street which reopens to the public on Tuesday.

It formerly housed just the reference library but will now be home to the lending library too, after the closure of the former site on Belvoir Street.

The project has included restoring many of the building's original Edwardian features.

An additional £30,000 has been spent on new book stock and more than 40 public access computers will be available to library users free of charge.

Adrian Willis, who heads Leicester City Council's library service, said: "From Monday to Thursday, we used to close at seven. From next week we'll be open 'til eight and on Fridays, instead of closing at five, we'll be open 'til six.

"So we've got a good start. We have to take each year as it comes because obviously there are many more twists and turns in in the road.

"But I see this as a modernisation rather than a step backwards."

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