Revamp of Ilkley library is under way

Parts of Ilkley Library will be out of bounds over the coming weeks as repairs and redecoration takes place.

Bradford Council is advising regular visitors to stock up with more books than usual as the work – estimated to last eight weeks – takes place.

It will include repairs to peeling plasterwork and windows at the historic Station Road, and new carpets.

The library will remain open during the redecoration but visitors can expect some disruption.

For the week beginning February 4, there will be no public access to the main entrance, children's area or left side of the ground floor.

Access to the building will be via the disabled entrance at the side of the building.

In the week beginning February 18 there will be no public access to the central section of the ground floor reference area.

Entrance to the building via the main and disabled entrance.

The following week, there will be no public access to the left side of the ground floor, including the local studies collection and former tourist information centre area. No disabled access will be available in this week.

Bradford Council’s executive member responsible for culture, Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, said: “I accept that, in the short-term, it is a real inconvenience for all Ilkley library users.

“But in the longer term, it will result in a much smarter and welcoming library building.”

External improvements to the library are planned for later in the year.

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