Ealing Council is working alongside the developer British Land to move the library to a new, modern space within Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre, close to the current facility.
When completed, the new library will offer greater access to digital and self-service facilities, accommodate roughly 40,000 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.
To get ready for the new library the existing site will close on 31 August, with the new facility opening in Spring 2019. During this period, a temporary pop-up library point will open at the current site for collecting book reservations and returning items.
The relocation will be funded in full by British Land, which owns the land. This means that local residents will benefit from a new, modern town centre library, with reduced running costs, at no cost to council tax payers.
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.
British Land will provide temporary study and learning space in the shopping centre over the relocation process until March 2019, with further spaces across the borough’s libraries being made available to support local students during the run-up to mock exams in December.
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.
The Archives and Local Studies Store will close next month and relocate to the new premises in the shopping centre. During this relocation period, customers will be able to order items for viewing by appointment at the new Local Studies Customer Desk in West Ealing Library.
Councillor Jasbir Anand, cabinet member for business 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, which has good access to local public transport.”
From September we will provide updates on the new library on the council website www.ealing.gov.uk/libraries
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