Kendal Library redesign nears completion

A refurbished area of Kendal Library

Work to redesign Kendal Library will conclude next month. The ground floor is nearing completion, with finishing touches taking place soon. Works on the first floor and ceiling are taking shape and will be completed in early July.

The redesigned library will improve the browsing experience through clearer signage, improved layout and dedicated seating areas. There will also be a fantastic range of activities available such as Adult Learning classes, children’s activities and specialist drop ins.

Building works started in January and are being carried out by Top Notch Contractors on behalf of Westmorland and Furness Council.

The community of Kendal shared their views on what they would like to see from the redesigned library and those views helped to inform the plans for the building.

The Kendal Library and Adult Learning Teams would like to thank customers for their patience whilst works are ongoing. There continues to be some noise, access to local studies is limited, and the toilet is not currently available. However, despite the disturbance, customer feedback on the changes has been positive. The Kendal Library team are now in the process of organising a celebration event which will take place in September to showcase the changes with the community, date soon to be announced.

Further information about Kendal Library redesign project is available on the Westmorland and Furness Council website.

Cllr Virginia Taylor, Westmorland and Furness Council Cabinet Member for Sustainable Communities and Localities, said:

“It’s wonderful to see this project nearing completion. The transformed Kendal Library building will provide the perfect space to read, learn, research, relax and make use of the digital facilities and resources on offer.

"The changes will modernise the library building and create a shared space for the whole Kendal community to enjoy.”