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Aging library to get a makeover

PUBLISHED: 14:15 04 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:30 23 August 2010

REVAMP: Christoph Bull outside Marling Cross Library.

REVAMP: Christoph Bull outside Marling Cross Library.

A LIBRARY celebrating its 40th anniversary this year is being completely refurbished in a £100,000 makeover. Marling Cross Library, in Mackenzie Way, Gravesend will close to the public on March 14 when builders are due to start the project.

A LIBRARY celebrating its 40th anniversary this year is being completely refurbished in a £100,000 makeover.

Marling Cross Library, in Mackenzie Way, Gravesend will close to the public on March 14 when builders are due to start the project.

The refurbishment will include a new entrance on one side of the building, with new books, furniture, lighting and flooring.

More computers will be installed and made available for public use, and the former shop area, which is currently boarded up, will become a community facility which will be available for meetings, dance sessions and workshops.

Christoph Bull, the district manager of Gravesend Libraries, said: "This is definitely the biggest thing to have happened to Marling Cross library since it opened 40 years ago in 1969.

"There is a huge need for this refurbishment and is really great news for Gravesend's libraries.

"It is a very unattractive building at the moment, but after the work it will look fantastic."

The refurbishment has been made possible by a partnership between Kent County Council's Libraries and Archives, Gravesham Borough Council, with further investment from the NHS West Kent Primary Care Trust, Surestart and Kent Police.

Marling Cross Library will close to the public at 4pm on Saturday, March 14.

They hope to open the new facility in early May with an official opening in early June.

In the meantime all books have been stamped until May, but you can return your books to Gravesend Library at any time. You can use any library in Kent during the closure.

Mr Bull added: "We are very happy with what they are proposing to do, and we look forward to be able to open it to the public in May."

If you have any questions contact Mr Bull or Glynis Selby at Gravesham Libraries, on 01474 365600/352758 or email gravesendlibrary@kent.gov.uk

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