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Published 01 March 2019

Plans to enhance Alexandria Library by creating a museum to celebrate the town’s local history and heritage have been approved.

The Cultural Committee of WDC approved the £331k project to create a separate multi-use space built on the first-floor including adaptable seating and two meeting rooms for multi-purpose use. Accessibility will also be improved with the installation of a new lift from the ground to first floor.

The Alexandria Library building, which dates from 1884, is one of the most popular branches in West Dunbartonshire but currently has no access to its first-floor other than a staircase.   The lift to the first-floor will allow all visitors to access the museum space. The plans will create a corridor on the first-floor to connect the lift with the museum and enhance use of what is currently a large activity room, with a temporary  partition wall installed to provide  two distinct bookable spaces if required.

Bailie Denis Agnew, Convener of Cultural Services, said: “I welcome the approval of this project as it addresses a long outstanding issue regarding access to the upper floor of this important building.  Alexandria Library is a magnificent building and these works will allow full access to all areas of the building providing an opportunity for residents and visitors alike to engage with the local history of the area.

Councillor Karen Conaghan, Vice Convener of Cultural Services, said: “This is a great investment to Alexandria Library and will further enhance the great facilities already on offer at the branch. The addition of the museum will allow visitors from the local community and further afield to see artefacts and celebrate the rich history of the Vale of Leven area.” 

Work is expected to be finished by early next year.