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£100k library renovation work begins in Comber

Work has commenced on a £100,000 renovation scheme at Comber Library, it has been confirmed.

Libraries NI are investing the money in the entrance, staircase and mezzanine floor of the facility, which is situated on the Newtownards Road in the town.

A spokeswoman for Libraries NI said: “This is the first stage of a two part project to develop Comber library.

“The money will be used to improve the building exterior — the entire front will be replaced and additional windows will be added to allow more natural light. It is intended that the second phase of this project will focus on the building interior.”

Work commenced on stage one of the project last week.

Councillor Simon Hamilton said Comber Library was a “critical community resource” for people in the town.

“Aside from the obvious book lending service, Comber Library fulfils other important roles such as arts space, IT access and as a place for people to meet,” he said.

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“I know that the library is widely used by the local schools and really helps young people in the area with their learning experience.

“Comber Library was built some years ago and this investment is much needed.

“I know that the £100,000 being spent on Comber Library will greatly enhance the appearance of the facility and secure its important position within the Comber community.

“Our libraries are well used and I warmly welcome the confidence shown in Comber Library by Libraries NI.

“I'm sure the local community in Comber will equally welcome this enhancement to their library.”

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