ROTHESAY Library will close its doors to the public at the end of next week for major refurbishment work costing around £80,000.
The library’s last day of operation will be Saturday, February 12. The doors will then close for six to eight weeks to allow the work to be carried out.
Argyll and Bute Council’s library service hopes to bring a mobile facility to a central location in Rothesay at least twice during the closure period to allow local bookworms to get their reading fix.
In addition, there will be a fines amnesty on books which are due to be returned during the closure period.
Pat McCann, the head of the council’s library service, told us the premises would be recarpeted, the ceiling repaired, new lights installed, general decorating work carried out and shelving replaced throughout.
“When people come back into the library after the refurbishment they’ll notice a heck of a difference,” Mr McCann told us.
“The council spent £50,000 last year on making the library’s roof watertight, and we were determined this time to do something that would make a real visual difference.”
Meanwhile, the library’s old reserve stock - amounting to some 450 boxes of books - has been donated to the Surplus Educational Supplies Foundation set up by Rothesay resident David Hanschell to benefit communities ravaged by poverty and natural disaster in the Caribbean.