BRIGHOUSE Library will be closed for most of the year during a £700,000 revamp.
The work, which also affects the Smith Art Gallery, will take nine months.
It will include new toilets and baby- changing area, a refreshment area, a new lift and emergency stairs, improved disabled access, repairs to windows and roof and fire safety work.
The building will also be redecorated.
Clr Amanda Byrne, Calderdale Council Cabinet’s member for community services, said: “This scheme will bring major improvements to the library and the gallery, but we aim to minimise disruption to library users.”
Full library services will be available at the former Pennine Housing office on Lawson Road while the work takes place.
Book lending, DVD and CD loans, internet access, newspapers and the children’s and reference libraries can all be accessed from the office.
Alternative arrangements will be made for groups who use the library.
Paintings from the art gallery have been put into storage.
Some can be viewed on the Calderdale Council website, www.calderdale.gov.uk
Clr Byrne added: “Calderdale is committed to investing in libraries fit for the 21st century.
“We believe libraries are vital as a hub for local communities, as well as for education, fun and learning.
“The work taking place at Brighouse is part of wider library improvement schemes planned across the borough in the next few years.”