A Darlington library is closing for its first major refurbishment and modernisation since the 1970s.

Cockerton Library will close at the end of Saturday, November 26, and reopen on Monday, January 9.

During the closure, a heating system will be installed, flooring will be laid and electrical work carried out.

The building will also be redecorated, the interior redesigned and furniture replaced.

While the library is closed, users can borrow and return books at the Crown Street library. Borrowers will also be able to take out more books than usual and these can be returned when it reopens.

Cockerton Library's reading group, which meets on a Monday evening, will be using Crown Street while the work takes place.

Councillor Lee Vasey, Darlington Borough Council's cabinet member for leisure services, said: "Cockerton library is well used by a lot of people but it has not had any major work carried out since it opened and it is in need of some repairs.

"I am sure the users will be delighted when the refurbishment is completed and I urge them to continue to use the other library services while Cockerton library is closed."

For details on the closure, call Carol Haughton at Cockerton library on (01325) 461320. Any inquires after the closing date should be made at Crown Street library.