Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Library Bid Is Backed

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Library Bid Is Backed

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Byline: Sandy Mckenzie

A campaigner hoping to preserve Middlesbrough's Central library has welcomed plans to extend the building.

But Councillor Joe Michna says the design of any extension should be sympathetic to the existing building.

Middlesbrough Council is looking at ways of extending the library, which was opened in 1912 and is a Grade II listed building.

Up to pounds 7.7m could be spent on the project, which could include providing a new home for Teesside Archives.

The aim is to improve and extend the services offered from the borough's central library.

In 2003 Cllr Michna led a campaign against moving the library service out of the Carnegie Building and into the municipal buildings.

Cllr Michna said: "Along with local residents, I campaigned to save the Central Library from being relocated to some obscure part of the Town Hall.

"I think that the Town Hall bosses got a real shock at the level of support there was for our campaign from both Middlesbrough residents and those from other areas of Teesside. …

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