Temporary library opens in Exeter as upgrade begins

Artist's impression of new library
Image caption Work has started on the £4m project for Exeter Central Library

A £4m project to improve one of Devon's main libraries begins later.

The scheme for Exeter Central Library was approved by Devon County Council earlier this year.

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

A temporary library has been opened in Castle Street in the city and will open six days a week.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council cabinet member for communities, said residents' views had helped to shape the plans, which will transform the library into a "cultural hub".

"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," he said.

Also included in the plans are a new lift and upgraded toilet facilities.

There will be an additional entrance in Rougemont Gardens to improve connections with the museum, arts centre and castle in the city's cultural quarter.

Devon County Council hopes the new facility will open in early 2014.

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