CAVERSHAM LIBRARY will temporarily close for just over two weeks in January for essential maintenance work.

The work, taking place on Monday, January 13 and Wednesday, January 29, will cover improvements to the library's energy efficiency, alongside upgrades to heating systems, wiring and electrics.

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The plan is for the library to close at 3pm on Saturday, January 11 and re-open at 1pm on Thursday, January 30.

Councillor Karen Rowland, Reading's lead member for Culture, Heritage and Recreation, said: "I'm really pleased we are able to put this investment into Caversham Library to keep the building running as efficiently as possible for the future.

"This is part of a rolling scheme of investments in our libraries and we recently completed a similar successful improvement at Tilehurst Library in November.

"Unfortunately, due to the nature of these essential works it will mean a temporary closure to ensure the building is fit for purpose."

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She added: "We apologise for any inconvenience for library users, however, exchange dates will be extended – so no library items will be due during the closure – and books can also be returned or checked out at any of our other wonderful Reading libraries.

"The Library Service's fantastic e-book, e-magazine and e-audio service is available all the time at

"We are thrilled people use and value their local libraries, and we are pleased to be able to continue to invest in them.

"This closely follows our recent £400K investment in transforming Battle Library into a community hub, so that more people will enjoy what our libraries have to offer."

The work kick-starts a series of improvements across a number of library branches, which will all take place over the next few months.

The investment is part of the council's wider plan to make the best possible use of its buildings, to help reduce running costs and to keep them sustainable for the future.

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