IN Pictures — Woodside Library Reopens Following Restoration

2 April, 2022 | Listed / Historic Buildings

WOODSIDE Library has reopened following a £2.3million makeover, including restoration of its glazed dome.

Before the work, sections of the library had had to be closed because of safety concerns over some of the original architectural features.

Its dome and an ornate glass and brass chandelier are among many parts of the building to have been sympathetically restored by City Building Glasgow.

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “We know how much the people of Glasgow value their local libraries which is why we have invested more than £2million into improving this vital community asset.

“Many of the important, architectural features of the building have been carefully restored while the internal spaces have been modernised to ensure they can provide services that library customers require, including reading and literacy support, bookable space for community activities, individual study spaces and free, public access Wi-Fi.”

One of Glasgow’s Carnegie libraries, Woodside Library has served the people of the city since 1905 and, alongside a new colourful woodland-themed children’s area, the improvement works have also seen waterproofing works carried out to the roof, energy efficient lighting installed, and heating and electrical upgrades throughout the venue.

New shelving and display units have been installed, improved accessibility and increased toilet provision provided, and the external stonework has also been repaired.

Woodside Library customers also now benefit from a range of new books, upgraded computer operating systems and bookable community spaces, including a new private kitchen area.

The library is run by Glasgow Life, the charity which delivers culture and sport in the city.

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