Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Portsmouth's water damaged library to reopen

Flood damage at library
Image caption Books, including a first edition by Charles Dickens, were undamaged by the leak

A Hampshire library, which was damaged after vandals flooded the toilets, is to reopen after a refurbishment.

Water cascaded through Portsmouth Central Library in August 2010, forcing the council to close the building for five months.

The water is believed to have come from the third-floor toilets of the building in Guidlhall Square.

Crime author Graham Hurley is due to officially open the refurbished building on Monday at 1000 GMT.

Books, including first editions by the authors Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle, were undamaged but water caused electrical damage.

The second floor of the building now houses the city's Arthur Conan Doyle archive and the Portsmouth History Centre.

The first floor has been turned into a reference and information area, with foreign language collections and free internet terminals.

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