Weymouth Library is having to close for two weeks as part of the building's refurbishment project.

As reported, the town's central library is undergoing a £550,000 refurbishment that will see other services based there.

Dorset Council says the revamp – in which it will transform into a library and learning centre – is approaching the final stages.

But it will have to close later this month while work is carried out.

Work is said to be progressing well and the areas on the first floor are now complete with a new meeting room for community use, interview rooms, public and staff toilets including an accessible toilet and a shared office space.

The Adult Skills and Learning team will be moving in ready for September.

Citizen’s Advice has moved into the main building and have a presence on the main reception desk. More areas will be dedicated to this service once the ground floor works are complete.

Also on the ground floor are meeting and interview rooms, an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities and office space for the Community Resource Team (mental health) who will be moving into the building in the summer. The main entrance is being rearranged and the whole floor is being redecorated.

Cllr Tony Alford, Cabinet Member for Customer, Community and Regulatory Services said: “Over the next month new shelving, furniture and carpeting will put the finishing touches to the library spaces creating a more vibrant and exciting feel to the library, while at the same time keeping a calming, safe space for everyone to enjoy and learn in.

“So that we can get this done with as little disruption as possible, it does mean that we need to close the library from Monday 17 June. The building will reopen on Saturday 29 June and the works are due to finish in mid-July.

“The project will provide easier access to services as they are based in one building, at a central location with good public transport links. Libraries are now about much more than just books. The new shelving will be moveable, creating a flexible space for activities, events and arts performances. They offer a space for social activities for all ages – including rhyme times, knit and natter groups, as well as space to learn new digital skills. They will, of course, always be a source for learning, by whatever means and are welcoming and inclusive to anyone who wants to use them.”

For more information on library services visit dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/libraries