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Dartford Library set to re-open after £650,000 restoration

PUBLISHED: 10:21 10 November 2016 | UPDATED: 10:21 10 November 2016

Dartford's Central Library

Dartford's Central Library

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The library, which once appeared on Most Haunted, closed in June

A town centre’s historic library is set to re-open next week following major refurbishment works.

Dartford Library closed in June to undergo a £650,000 makeover, after residents showed huge support for improving the 100-year-old library’s facilities.

While it was closed, library services ran form the Acacia Sports Hall in the High Street.

“We listened to the local community and have invested in this iconic building in the centre of Dartford” commented Kent County Council cabinet member Mike Hill.

The councillor in charge of community services added: “We wanted to ensure future generations of library users and local community groups would continue to enjoy and appreciate the heritage of the building.”

Meanwhile the building, which once appeared on spooky TV series Most Haunted, has been redecorated in honour of the building’s design, with a new floor echoing its original parquet flooring and original paints and colours used inside.

The library’s listed bookshelves have also been refurbished.

For the first time in decades, doors connecting the library with Dartford Borough Museum are set to be thrown open, allowing visitors to use both services.

The changes to rooms and public facilities will also provide an opportunity for local artists, with the Peter Blake Gallery being returned to its original purpose as an exhibition space.

The library will reopen on Monday, November 14.

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