The re-opening date of Bramley Library as a community hub housing council services has been revealed.
Work to transform the library, which dates back to 1927, started on June 1 – and was supposed to last eight weeks and be finished in August.
But problems with the roof have complicated the improvements, which are a part of a £379,555 package which includes improving customer areas, two new glass enquiry rooms, a new reception area, new housing office, restoration of existing oak screens and parquet floors, redecorating and new public toilets.
A spokesperson for Leeds City Council said:
“During scheduled work to refurbish the glass roof at Bramley Library, contractors identified further problems with the roof and glass roof lights.
“The contractor will now replace the whole roof and replace some of the existing lighting, with the repairs paid for through existing community hub funding.
“The library will now reopen on October 16 and we would like to thank residents for their patience.”
The library continues to be open in its temporary home at St Peter’s Church, which is also on Hough Lane. Rent the church is receiving from housing the library is going towards an appeal to repair the church building.
When the new hub opens housing office enquiries will move from the current location in Bramley and new services will be delivered from the hub including council tax, environmental services, benefits, help looking for work, money issues and the registering of births and deaths.
An official opening of the new Bramley community hub is expected to be held later this year.
The £379,555 scheme also includes new housing back-office for 24 staff at Bramley Community Centre.
The Dispatch reported on the library moving out back in May.