WORK is set to start on an £800,000 redevelopment of Minehead Library in May.

Refurbishment plans include extending the building, redeveloping the space and adding in a series of energy saving measures.

During the work, the library and registrar's service will relocate to the Old Hospital.

The temporary library will continue to offer the iPad loaning scheme for jobseekers. Online services will also be available, including free e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines, newspapers and comics.

Somerset County Council (SCC) is funding the redevelopment, which is expected to be complete by December 2021.

Councillor Mandy Chilcott, SCC's cabinet member for resources, said: “This is a fabulous new chapter for Minehead Library.

"We are investing in a greener building which will give the library a modern home.

"It will be kinder to the environment whilst better reflecting the needs of our modern society.”

Minehead Library opened in 1962 and won a civil trust award. All refurbishment work will be designed with the aim of retaining the spirit of the original building.

Councillor David Hall, whose cabinet responsibilities includes libraries, added: “Minehead library is an important social space.

"This new development will give residents a great community facility.

“They will be able to expand their services and the ways they can help locals and visitors alike.

"That is not only good news for the people of Minehead, but it is good news for generations of them to come.”