Devon councillors approve Exeter Central Library £4m revamp

Artist's impression of new library
Image caption The new "flagship" Central Library could open in the early part of 2014

One of Devon's main libraries is to have a multimillion-pound facelift.

The £4m scheme for Exeter Central Library was approved by Devon County councillors.

The plans include improved accessibility, greater space for children, refurbished meeting and performance spaces, and a new cafe.

Councillor Roger Croad said residents' views had helped to shape the plans, which will transform the library into a "cultural hub".

Interim facilities

"It is important we provide residents with better facilities as part of the wider regeneration of their city," he said.

"Exeter is continually changing, and we must change with it in order to deliver the services young people, their families and the local community need."

Mr Croad said the council had consulted widely with the local community.

"We have listened carefully and are confident that our plans will transform Devon's flagship library into a first class facility... and cultural hub in the heart of the city," he said.

Also included in the plans are a new passenger lift, upgraded toilet facilities and an additional entrance in Rougemont Gardens to improve connections with the museum, arts centre and castle in the city's cultural quarter.

Work could begin in January and the new facility could open in early 2014.

During the refurbishment, limited interim library facilities will be available in the library's Castle Street building.

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