A LIBRARY in South Derbyshire will close for more than two months while it undergoes an £80,000 makeover.
Swadlincote Library, in Civic Way, will close at 4pm on Saturday, February 15, and reopen at 9am on Monday, April 28, while essential work is carried out inside the building.
Before its closure the number of books which people are able to take out will increase, to save them from having to go to other libraries.
A spokesman for Derbyshire County Council, the authority responsible for the revamp, said: “The refurbishment will include new shelves, a new carpet and it will also be painted.
“It has been years and years since it has been done – it is scruffy and needs an update.
“The fixed shelving will also be replaced with shelves that can be moved.”
The council spokesman said this would make it easier to host author events at the library, and would also make it possible for other activities to be held there.
They added: “People will be able to take out books right until the last day and can keep them until April 28.
“They will be able to take out more books – up to 40.”
A total of £80,000 will be spent on the revamp.
The library, which is normally open six days a week, will be closed for a total of 10 weeks. People who want to visit a library in that time will need to go to villages nearby, such as Melbourne or Etwall.
There are currently 10 members of staff who work at the library; most of them are part-time.
During the closure they will relocate to other libraries in the area, or take annual leave.
The spokesman added: “There are 10 staff who are all part-time.
“They will go to other libraries or take some annual leave.
“Some will only do a few hours at the other libraries.”
Anybody who wants to renew a book can call 01629 533190 or visit derbyshire.gov.uk