Kirklees Council has approved a £799k investment towards building a new Birkby Fartown library in 2021.

The investment follows the closing of Birkby Libary, on Wasp Nest Road, in 2019 as Birkby Primary School required more space to accommodate new entries to the school.

The new library will provide spaces and areas to support all users from the local community. Full disabled access, dementia-friendly resources, a dedicated area for children, self-service, IT provisions and a community garden will all be available to use.

The site, located near Birkby Junior School, will provide programmes centred around children’s reading development. Further child-based resources include curriculum-based materials to support students with exams.

Adults will also benefit from reading programmes, healthy lifestyle education schemes, work placements and volunteering opportunities.

Areas will also be dedicated to accommodating activities, special events and to host polling during elections.

The building of the site will begin in November and is scheduled to be completed in spring 2021.

Councillor Graham Turner, Cabinet Member for Corporate said: “We have exciting plans to introduce a community library in Birkby Fartown and I am delighted with the announcement of this investment.

“Our libraries are the focal point of many communities in Kirklees and it’s vital that we invest in these community assets so that residents can reap the benefits of a community library.

“As a cabinet and council we have made a commitment to invest in our library service and its buildings, and this is the first part of our investment plans.  I am proud that I have been able to help facilitate the first purpose-built library for many years, and I am sure that the residents of Birkby will look forward to taking advantage of this exciting new facility. By making this investment we can provide support for the future development of our children so they can aspire to be the best they can be.”