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Leighton Buzzard Library ground floor set to reopen

11 May 2018

Leighton Buzzard Library will be fully operational from Tuesday 12 June, Central Bedfordshire Council has announced, following flooding which has left the ground floor closed completely and a reduced service available only on the first floor.

The ground floor has been closed since Boxing Day 2017 as the authority has sought to repair the extensive damage, which accounted to more than £21,000 of books and up to £17,000 of furniture.

The length of time has been necessary to allow the concrete floor to dry out completely.

The next steps are to make good the floor, level it and lay new carpet tiles before returning furniture and brand-new stock to the first floor, while also reorganising and tidying the first floor.

To complete this work the library will close from 8-9 June before reopening on 12 June.

Councillor Ian Dalgarno, Executive Member for Community Services, said: “We’re looking forward to seeing Leighton Buzzard Library restored and getting back to offering a full service.

“It has been a frustrating period, but unfortunately the full extent of the damage could not be determined until the ground floor was completely dry, so I thank all residents and library users for their patience over this issue.

“Investigations are ongoing to determine what caused the flood, but our first priority is making sure our residents have a library that is fully operational and an enjoyable and safe place to visit.

“When the library opens on 12 June we will have a host of new titles to choose from, the children’s library will be restored, and we’ll have a full range of services on offer once more.”

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