City’s library to reopen this month after flood

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PORTSMOUTH’s central library is to reopen on January 31.

The Guildhall Square facility has been closed since mid-August because of flood damage caused by vandals who left taps in a toilet running.

But it will open a week on Monday, after a five-and-a-half month period in which the water damage has been repaired and the library has been redesigned and refurbished.

Cllr Lee Hunt, responsible for libraries at Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘It’s been a long time and we’re sorry for the inconvenience.

‘But there was a lot of work that needed be done after the flood.

‘And it was an opportunity to make some changes, which we’re very excited about, and we hope people like what we’ve done.’

The new library will contain the city’s Conan Doyle collection and much of its archive material.

It will have been reorganised, so the ‘people’s network’ computer system will be on the lower floors and a new book stock on higher floors.

Portsmouth-based crime author Graham Hurley will officially reopen the library.