DINAS Powys Library is undergoing a major remodelling following an award of £160,000 from the Europe Union.

The library interior is being completely remodelled to provide a new repositioned reception desk, a small coffee shop and a meeting and multifunctional space.

The library will be completely redecorated, featuring new LED lighting and flooring.

To enable the building work to proceed, the library has relocated into nearby Bethesda Chapel.

This includes access to the Oasis Cafe Area from Monday 4 March until Saturday 13 April while the library is being renovated.

Opening hours will remain the same, with the exception of a later start of 3.00pm on Wednesdays while the Bethesda Food Bank is open.

Groups and societies like the Lego Club, Story-time and coffee mornings will continue to meet at their usual times.

The library is now a charity which has to raise over more than £1,000 every month to continue to function. It is managed by a board of trustees with 45 volunteers running the library. New volunteers are welcome and will be offered full training.

Chairman of trustees Chris Franks said that the object was to provide modern facilities but maintain the high level of library services.

He said: “We are very grateful to Bethesda for providing free accommodation for the library.

“The refurbishment will provide exciting opportunities for the whole community.

“The new meeting room will accommodate around 40 people and will be suitable for a range of activities.

“The open space will be available again for hire and teas and coffees can be available.”

Keith Hatton, project sponsor and manager, said: “Library Trustees have been very fortunate in securing substantial funding from the European Union through Welsh Government Ministers under the Rural Development Programme.

“This finance will allow us to completely renovate the interior of the library and provide facilities requested by our community to raise much needed cash to pay ongoing bills to keep the library open.

“We look forward to welcoming residents to our renovated library when we re-open on Monday 29 April 2019.”