WOMBWELL Library is set to undergo a £500,000 renovation.

The construction of an extension will provide more space for community groups and volunteers to use.

The involvement of community groups and volunteers at the library isn't a new initiative, but the additional space will provide capacity to attract new users and run more events.

A recent review of community buildings identified the library as the most suitable community hub for Wombwell given its proximity to public transport.

Cllr Alan Gardiner, cabinet spokesperson for corporate services, said: "It will provide an excellent addition to community life in Wombwell and I hope local residents will make good use of it.

"This work demonstrates our commitment to the library service and making it easier for people to access services."

The extension will include an 80 square metre room that can be split into two smaller rooms, a drop-in office space for use by the area team and separate toilets.

The extension could then be used for activities such as after school clubs, slimming clubs, dance groups and a polling station.

Solar panels on the roof will reduce the building's carbon footprint, and mobility parking and a pick-up point will be provided outside the main entrance.

The works will be funded by money raised through the sale of surplus assets, such as the Bondfield Centre and Wombwell Town Hall.

A start date for the works will be confirmed in the near future.

There will be some disruption to car parking and normal library operation while the work takes place, but these will be minimised as much as is possible.