A LIBRARY in the New Forest is set to receive a makeover to improve facilities for visitors alongside access to the Citizens Advice Service.

Ringwood Library will undergo the work, which will bring the support network under one roof for the first time.

Citizens Advice New Forest and library staff will share a new helpdesk, which is being installed as part of the £17,000 refurbishment by Hampshire County Council’s (HCC) Library Service.

New self service machines and carpets will also be installed.

Councillor Seán Woodward, HCC's executive member for recreation and heritage, said: “We’re really proud of how we’re expanding the range of services available for the local community, and we welcome Citizens Advice New Forest on board."

Malcolm Walker, CEO of Citizens Advice New Forest, said: “We are looking forward to moving into Ringwood Library and complementing existing services. Our staff will be on hand to give free impartial, confidential and independent advice for people of all ages on matters such as scam awareness, pensions, rent and general wellbeing.”

To ensure the improvements can be carried out as quickly as possible, the library will be closed from September 3 to September 23, with Citizens Advice New Forest available in branch from 2 October.

During this time, customers will be able to borrow up to 30 books and will not be subject to fines or charges.