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Dartford's central library closing next week for £650,000 restoration

PUBLISHED: 14:05 13 June 2016 | UPDATED: 14:05 13 June 2016

Dartford Library, Central Park, Dartford.

Dartford Library, Central Park, Dartford.

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No replacement library will be available until July 11

Dartford’s Central Library is set to be closed until later this year as it undergoes a £650,000 makeover.

There will be no library services available in the town centre until July 11, when the Acacia Sports Hall will provide access to books, history materials and more.

The library, which turns 100 this year, has been approved for a restoration project which will be inspired by the original paints and colouring used when it was first built.

A collection of historical pictures will also be on display, and the Peter Blake Gallery will return to its use as a space for exhibitions.

New rooms will be be made available for visitors, with original doorways connecting the library to Dartford Borough Museum opened for the firts time in decades.

Dartford council leader Jeremy Kite said: “I’m very pleased with the new plans and it is to the credit of KCC that listened to the concerns that we and many local people expressed about the original proposals.

“Dartford Library deserves to be loved for the wonderful old building it is and, to be fair to KCC, they understood that straightaway.”

Opening hours for the temporary library will be the same as Dartford Central’s.

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