HUDDERSFIELD'S crumbling library and art gallery will close for two years if repairs go ahead.
The shock closure period was revealed as debate continues on the future of the building.
Kirklees Council deputy leader Clr John Smithson said: "Clearly there would have to be a contingency plan for the temporary relocation of the library and art gallery during this time."
Repairs of at least £5m are thought to be needed if the building is to stay.
A full structural survey was authorised by the council's Cabinet yesterday.
Engineers will reveal if the problems are worse than thought.
Clr Smithson said: "We do know that it's in a poor state and the steel frame has suffered quite a good deal of corrosion.
"The roof has been leaking for 20 years and the heating and electrics need replacing."
Consultants are to draw up options which include demolishing the library and also pulling down Queensgate market hall and its adjoining car park.
Clr Smithson rounded on critics who asked for public views to be sought before the options were drawn up.
He asked: "What do you want? It would be absolutely pointless to go the public without being able to say anything about the costs or what is possible."
He hoped the consultants would report back before next March.
The issue will be discussed by the council's Huddersfield area committee on November 18.
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