Bookworms in Raynes Park, don’t despair!

Raynes Park Library will close on Saturday 13 March 2004, so that work can begin on a new, state of the art library on the same site.

It is planned that the new building will be ready in the summer of 2005. In the meantime though, members shouldn’t despair as they can use their library card at any of Merton’s other libraries, all of which offer a full library service including internet access. The nearest are Morden Library, Wimbledon Library and West Barnes library.

For those who cannot get to these other libraries, several provisions have been made for library users in Raynes Park:

Raynes Park Station, Approach Road, SW20 8BA
The collection will consist mainly of paperbacks and loans will be on a ‘trust’ basis.

Raynes Park Tavern, 32 Coombe Lane, Raynes Park SW20 0LA
The public house will be housing a selection of adult fiction and non-fiction. The pub will open daily at 10am, for coffee, and books will be loaned on a ‘trust’ basis.

Raynes Park Methodist Church, 195-205 Worple Road,
Raynes Park, SW20 8ET
The church will be housing a collection of children’s books and adult fiction including large print books. The collection will be available on Mondays and Fridays between 10am and 2pm. You will need your membership card to borrow items at this location. There will also be an under five’s Storytime on Mondays between 11 and 11.30am.

The Corner House Newsagents, 69 Approach Road, SW20 8BA
The newsagents will be housing a small collection of South Asian books that can be borrowed on a ‘trust’ basis.

These facilities will be in place from Monday 15 March. For those who are physically unable to make use of any of the above services and have nobody who can access them on your behalf, then the Home Visits team may be able to help. Please contact Linda Armstrong on 020 8545 3783.

Anyone that has items to return to Raynes Park library should try to do so by 13 March 2004. However, books will still be accepted on weekdays between 9.30am and 5.00pm, until Friday 2 April 2004.

For more information, pick up a leaflet at Raynes Park Library or visit