Multimillion pound refurbishment works are “well under way” at Bolton town centre’s much-loved central library ahead of its reopening.

Images released by Bolton Council show how the spectacular reworkings of the Le Mans Crescent library have been taking shape ahead of its much-anticipated reopening later this year.

The Bolton News: The works are having an amazing effectThe works are having an amazing effect (Image: Joel Fildes)

The latest images show how the restoration work has taken effect on the parquet floor.

Bolton Council cabinet member for culture Cllr Nadeem Ayub said: “We’re very excited to see how work has been progressing and we’re all looking forward to the official opening as well.”

The Bolton News: The new floors look spectacularThe new floors look spectacular (Image: Joel Fildes)

He added: “We hope soon to welcome back old members, new members and people of all ages to enjoy the new, improved library.”

The images released by Bolton Council show the spectacular effect the works have had on the floors, before shelves, books and library equipment have been reinstalled.

The Bolton News: Excitement has been building about the reopeningExcitement has been building about the reopening (Image: Joel Fildes)

A Bolton Council statement said: “It’s been a while since we updated you on the Central Library redevelopment.

“The library fit out, shelving, furniture, cafe etc, is now well under way and we will share some updates on those in the coming weeks.

The Bolton News: The refurbishment is well underwayThe refurbishment is well underway (Image: Joel Fildes)

“Prior to the fit out we managed to capture some beautiful photographs of the space that show restoration of the parquet floor and retention of heritage features.”

The £3.7million works have been taking place over this year and much of last and are intended to form a key part of the town centre’s cultural offering.

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The redevelopment work was made possible after Bolton was awarded a slice of funding from the government’s “town’s fund”, which was intended to finance the redevelopment of town centres around the county.

The Bolton News: Works have been taking place for several monthsWorks have been taking place for several months (Image: Joel Fildes)

After being unanimously approved by the council’s planning committee, a proposal was first announced last autumn to temporarily move the library services to Bolton town centre’s Crompton Place shopping centre while the refurbishment work took place.

Books and other equipment were moved to what had once been a branch of New Look from September 2022, which has also hosted several of the library’s community and children’s events.

The museum and aquarium has been able to remain open as normal in that time.