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KIRKCALDY;'Temporary location of library in High Street; 'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

KIRKCALDY;'Temporary location of library in High Street; 'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

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KIRKCALDY Library will move into its temporary new home on the town’s High Street next week.

The relocation from the iconic Memorial Gardens building is the start of a new chapter for the library, which along with the museum and art gallery is to undergo a £2.4 million refurbishment.

After the building closed to the public on December 3, staff worked hard to pack up the 37,717 lending books and 1815 audio books to allow for the works to begin.

And now, they are preparing to open the doors at 180 High Street - the old JJB Sports shop - on Monday.

Jennifer Thomson, area libraries, arts, museums and archives team leader for Kirkcaldy, told the Press: “It was quite a big job to get everything packed up.

“There were a lot of books to be moved and the museum was packed up with items going into storage.

“The library is going to be in the High Street location until spring 2013.

Fiction

“It will have a representative selection of the lending materials for both adults and children, with more fiction than non-fiction.

‘‘There will also be some public access PCs with free internet access - and a touch screen with information and representations of museum and art collections. This was donated by the Friends of Kirkcaldy Museums and Art Gallery, who were keen to have something here as the museum does not have a temporary location.

“At the moment the shelving is going up and then we should be able to get in and put the books on the shelves.”

Smaller

Although the temporary premises are smaller than its original home, approximately half of the lending stock will be on the shelves - and other books may be obtained on request.

Jennifer explained: “Although a book may not be available there and then in the High Street, it will still be available as staff are able to access those in storage, but there will be a wait.

“They will all be accessible one way or another through our free request service.”

During the 15-month refurbishment, the local and family history section will be located at Sinclairtown library.

“We are trying to offer more options and alternatives for customers during the refurbishment,” Jennifer said. “We’ve changed the opening hours both in the High Street location and some other local libraries to make it easier for people.

“I don’t think all our existing customers will make the journey to the library in the High Street, but I hope they will go to other libraries.”