BLENHEIM Palace has completed a 16-year restoration of more than 2,000 books in time for World Book Day today.

The Long Library has been undergoing a comprehensive conservation programme.

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Books have been re-bound and re-sewn with new leather bindings made and covers re-dyed due to light damage.

The Long Library was Winston Churchill’s favourite room in the palace and is now home to dozens of his books.

World Book Day is held annually on the first Thursday in March and every child in full-time education in the UK is given a book voucher.