Two of Liverpool's most historic community libraries are receiving major facelifts in 2006.
Sefton Park and Walton libraries, both built in 1911, will close from New Year's Day for work which will bring them into the 21st century.
Sefton Park Library, on Aigburth Road, will be shut until the end of April for redecoration and other work.
Walton Library, on County Road, will be closed for a month while redecoration and repair work is carried out.
The nearest branches are Spellow Library on County Road and Fazakerley Library on Formosa Drive.
Sefton Park Library will also have a new children's library and a "surfzone" with state-of-the-art computers, including free internet and e-mail facilities.
Customers are asked to use Garston Library on Bowden Road or Wavertree Library on Picton Road during the closure.
Between them, Sefton Park Library and Walton Library issue 170,000 items a year.
Council leader Warren Bradley said: "Liverpool's libraries are centres of learning right at the heart of the community and are used by many thousands of people.
"We are determined that they become more welcoming places where both young and old can learn."
The improvements will mean that eight of Liverpool's community libraries have been refurbished in the past four years.
They've done a wonderful job of Garston Library The Picton Library looks fantastic