A popular library is set to close for a week to undergo a £45,000 makeover.

Work is set to start on a refurbishment project at Thatcham Library at the end of this month.

Beard Construction has been awarded the £45,000 project, fully funded by West Berkshire Council through developer’s contributions via the Community Infrastructure Levy.

The project will see the installation of an accessible toilet, and the canopy above the current doorway removed to create a more modern and visible entrance. 

A council spokesman said: "These building improvements will make the library, and the many events they run there, easier for all to access and enjoy."

 The library will be closed for one week from October 30 until November 4.

The library will reopen to the public on Monday, November 6. 

The spokesman added: "The return dates on any books due back that week will be automatically extended."

Janine Lewis, West Berkshire’s Executive Member for Public Health, Culture, Leisure, Sport and Countryside says, “Thatcham Library is a very popular community facility with a constantly growing membership. In fact, the Library has attracted 428 new members in the last 6 months, a clear testimony to its appeal. 

"The accessible toilet was suggested some time ago by the ‘Friends of Thatcham Library Group’ and we’re delighted to be able to make a start on the improvements.”