New computers on their way to Merton

Wimbledon Library closed for up to a week for wiring work

Wimbledon library will be closing for up to a week from Thursday 11 July for work to prepare the library for installation of new computer equipment.

Merton is investing £326,000 in the People’s Network, 114 free public access computers in the borough’s seven libraries and Heritage Centre, and the work on the library is the first stage of this project.

A book drop service will operate for members of the public who want to return items while the library is closed. Fines will be waived for the closure period.

The library is to be closed on health and safety grounds, the power supply will be switched off and some parts of the library will have extensive wiring work undertaken.

John Pateman, Head of Libraries, said: “We hope that inconvenience to the public will be minimal and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

“When this project is completed computers and the internet will be available to the whole community. Just as books have always offered a chance for people to better themselves, online education is a route to better prospects in today’s world. Books are available from public libraries and the benefits of the new technology will be offered there too.

“Libraries change lives and this project will greatly enhance our communities opportunities for lifelong learning and skills development.”