The plans, announced by Ealing Council at the cabinet meeting on 12 September, will see Ealing Central Library moved to a new, modern space within Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre, close to the current facility.
British Land, the owner of the shopping centre will fund the relocation in full, meaning that local residents will benefit from a new, modern town centre library, with reduced running costs, at no cost to the council.
The move also benefits the continued regeneration of Ealing Town Centre, with the space vacated by the old library set to be filled by new a high quality retailer, which will benefit local shoppers.
When completed, the new library will offer greater access to digital and self-service facilities, accommodate roughly 35,000 books and provide a range of study areas. It will be designed to enable the space to be used flexibly in a variety of ways, including for events, activities and adult learning classes.
The current library will close for refurbishment in late Autumn, with the new facility opening in May 2018. During this period, a temporary pop-up library will run on part of the current site, where customers will be able to return and collect books.
British Land will provide temporary study and learning space in the shopping centre between April and June 2018, with further spaces across the borough’s libraries being added in this period in order to support local students.
Users will still be able to access the 24/7 online resources, order books online, as well as ordering and collecting books from other library locations. The closest libraries are Acton, West Ealing and Northfields.
Cllr Ranjit Dheer the council’s deputy leader for safety, culture and community services said: “The relocation of Ealing Central Library is great news for local residents and the regeneration of the area.
“Local people will benefit from a brand-new, fully fitted modern library in Ealing town centre at no cost to council tax payers. It also allows new retail opportunities as a result of the space vacated by the old site.
“We are committed to delivering first-class library facilities for residents of all ages. When complete, Ealing Central will offer a wealth of online resources, books and study space and as it will be relocated within the shopping centre, it will be easily accessible through the good access to local public transport.”
The council is welcoming ideas and suggestions on the look and feel of the new Ealing Central Library from residents. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your say.