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Surrey's largest library will be completely refurbished

Surrey's largest library will increase in size after a complete refurbishment was agreed.

Woking Library, in Gloucester Walk, will be modernised under plans drawn up by Surrey County Council.

The library's floor space will be increased by 127sq m and will include free wi-fi throughout, new seats, shelves, carpets and lighting.

It will close for refurbishment in November and work is due to be finished by April 2012.

Under the plans, the library will remain where it is but the rotunda area will be turned into a restaurant or cafe. To compensate for this the library will be expanded further inside the building.

During refurbishment the library will be rehomed in two shops in Wolsey Place rent free.

Denise Saliagopoulos, Surrey County Council's cabinet member for community services, said she was sure users would be pleased with the final results.

"The new look and design will make spending time at the library a more enjoyable experience and features such as the introduction of free Wi-Fi, as well as improved meeting spaces, will I hope attract even more visitors," she said.

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