The £48m revamp is on course for completion next year, with a complete internal refit linking it to the Town Hall in a city centre transformation.

'The floors have now been rebuilt and a bright and spacious ground floor, which was previously closed to the public, will house a cafe, performance space, film booths, archives, local history and a specialist search room where staff will help readers to access some of the library’s most historic and valuable works which will be kept in climate-controlled underground treasures rooms.'

The original reading room is being completely restored. The library will also be more accessible.