The Vincent Community Board has recommended the Central Otago District Council approve the Alexandra Library Renovation Project concept plan, on the condition the council successfully gets funding from the Three Waters Better Off Support Package to cover a $611,500 budget shortfall.

If the funding application is unsuccessful, the council is likely to progress with a cosmetic upgrade only.

The library renovation budget is now just over $1.3million and must still be signed off by the council.

The original budget was exceeded because the concept plan is for a complete upgrade and includes new toilets, a new staff room and double glazing, among other things.

The initial budget had set aside an allocation for a cosmetic upgrade only, but the Three Waters package offers the council an opportunity to do more.