WORK is well under way to restore Penarth Library’s interior, as well as improving the quality of facilities on offer.

The work is being carried out by the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

Changes to the library’s first floor will include replacing water-damaged carpets and wall plaster, as well as repainting the walls.

The area will be reshaped to improve its study facilities, and new furniture and shelving will be introduced.

Essential maintenance is also due to be carried out during the refurbishment.

This includes the creation of an exit onto the roof so that gutters may be cleared and inspected regularly.

This development follows a recent drone investigation, which revealed that the building’s gutters, overwhelmed with debris, were the cause of significant water damage to the library’s interior.

The work is part of a larger scheme to refurbish the library.

The scheme will see around £30,000 invested into the library over the coming year.

Director of learning and skills Paula Ham said: “This is the beginning of a necessary upgrade for Penarth Library.

“The library provides residents, both young and old, with a number of valuable facilities.

“We hope that the refurbishment will improve the overall ambiance and inclusivity of the space.

“We also encourage the residents of Penarth to continue to make the most of it.”

The work will take place until May 25.

This has required the temporary closure of the first floor.

During this time the area and book stock will be inaccessible to staff and users.

Users are reminded that a small collection of books from the first floor will be moved to the ground floor.

Residents will still have access to all the resources and stock of other Vale libraries.