KEIGHLEY Library will reopen on Monday after a raft of maintenance work.

The listed town centre library building closed at the end of September for the work, which has included repairing the floors, replastering and making good and redecorating.

All works have been undertaken in keeping with the Grade II listed status of the building and approved by the Conservation Officer.

Baildon Library is now also open for up to 10 customers at a time to browse the books.

An Order and Collect service has been on offer for some time but now services are gradually returning. It is hoped opening times will be extended and limited PC access and the library will welcome back Story & Rhyme times over the next few months.

The Ian Clough Hall building, including the current Library premises, is planned to be demolished and the site redeveloped.

Work is ongoing to secure a new temporary location for the duration of the building works and a permanent location for Baildon Library.

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Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “I am delighted that Keighley Library is now able to reopen after this essential work has been carried out.

"We look forward to welcoming people back to the library which we know is extremely well loved and a crucial part of our district’s heritage.

“We would also like to thank our customers in Baildon for their patience during this time, and to thank our partners at Baildon Town Council for their support in helping us to run the library and to plan for its long term future.

"We are committed to the future of Baildon Library and will keep everyone updated on plans.”