Two of Birmingham’s oldest community libraries are to undergo vital roof repairs costing a total of £700,000.
Work will begin shortly at Bloomsbury Library, in Nechells, which was opened in 1891, and at Acocks Green Library, which dates from 1932.
Approval for the refurbishment is expected to be given by the city council’s procurement sub-committee.
Although the local authority is under pressure to save money and cut budgets, the council is prepared to rubber-stamp the two library projects.
Failure to carry out the work could threaten the future of library services in Acocks Green and Nechells, according to the local authority.
Both buildings have suffered from long-term problems of leaky roofs and damp, which is threatening to damage books.
Bloomsbury Library, which is a Grade II listed building, will be closed between January and April next year while work is carried out to get rid of dry rot.
There were 34,000 visits to the library last year, a 30 per cent increase on the previous year.
Alternative library services during the duration of the work will be available at Nechells Green Community Centre. The city council intends to keep Acocks Green Library open while repairs are taking place.
It is one of Birmingham’s busiest community libraries, with more than 150,000 visits and 130,000 books issued over the past two years.
The building, constructed in Georgian design with oak flooring and shelving, is described as the “focal point” of Acocks Green by the council.