Historic Dundee library set for £700,000 upgrade

One of Dundee’s most historic libraries is set for a £700,000 upgrade.

Coldside Library

Councillors are to be asked to approve plans for alterations and an extension at Coldside Library.

Proposals include a new external lift and shaft, accessible toilets, upgraded lighting, new floor coverings and redecoration to the whole library inside and out.

Lynne Short, convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee, said: “Leisure and Culture Dundee raised proposals last summer to upgrade the library and I am pleased that the tender for the works has come forward and the council’s construction services division is in line for the work.

“This project will take one of our iconic 20th Century Carnegie libraries and give it a new lease of life fit for the 21st Century.”

In 1901, Dundee Town Council approached philanthropist Andrew Carnegie’s advisers about funding libraries throughout the city.

After examining the proposals, Carnegie pledged £37,000 to build five branch libraries in Dundee, including Coldside, which was designed by renowned city architect, James Thomson.

Dundee was one of the first places in Scotland to provide its citizens with a free library, when in 1869 the Dundee Free Public Library opened in the city’s Albert Memorial Institute, now The McManus.

Members of the city development committee will consider the proposals on Monday.