ELDER Park library is set to undergo a revamp after plans were submitted to the council.

Glasgow Life, which runs libraries on behalf of the council, has requested permission to renovate the A-listed building.

Under the plans, the Elder Park community centre would be relocated to the library.

The application states: “While the interior of the building is a fantastic example of architecture of this heritage, due to its age, there are various areas which make the interior spaces not suitable for modern day requirements or use.”

Issues include poor accessibility, lighting and ventilation as well “significant levels” of asbestos, inadequate IT provision and “wear and tear” throughout the building.

The library also needs external repairs, including replacing the main library skylights with energy efficient glazing.

A new access ramp and steps would be erected to the west of the building, creating a new entry point to the main building and café.

An existing accessible ramp will be retained and repaired.

The basement would be refurbished and made accessible to the public, with a platform lift installed to give access to people with restricted mobility. There would also be a new accessible toilet.

Two large unused rooms would be redesigned as a community IT facility.

There would be a redesign of the main library space, removing the existing fixed bookcases, to provide a flexible area. It would be used as a library and for IT services but with moveable furniture so events can be held in the space. The bookcases would be kept in storage.

In the north west wing, there would be a reception area, children’s library and café, with outdoor seating.

Staff offices on the first floor would be refurbished and a new meeting space provided. The platform lift would not go to the first floor so any services on that level would be replicated elsewhere.

“The project will secure the sustainable future of a fine A-listed building dating from 1903, and guaranteeing a longer life for community usage, in respect of its historical context as a gift for the people of Govan,” the application states.

“The careful restoration and repurposing of the library will benefit all residents of Elder Park, an area within Greater Govan which is among the most disadvantaged parts of Scotland.”

It adds: “The current community centre is located nearby in a dilapidated prefabricated building that is no longer fit for purpose.

“Relocating existing community facilities and providing additional and enhanced services, will benefit not only existing service users, but also library visitors and the wider community.”