Library enters new chapter

The newly refurbished Wimbledon Library is to be officially re-opened on Wednesday 8 March.

Proceedings for the evening will commence at 7.00pm, when guests and local dignitaries will be served refreshments upon arrival.

Wimbledon Library re-opened on 17 January after being closed for essential improvement work, which began on 10 October last year. In place now is a contemporary style interior, which offers its members an affable and comfortable experience when visiting Wimbledon Library.

Approximately £100,000 has been spent on new stock and there is in excess of 15,000 new books adorning the newly installed shelves

An additional feature proving to be extremely popular with members is the palm and rattan chairs at the front of the building, even prompting people to draw comparisons and similarities with how Wimbledon Library must have looked when originally constructed.

Councillor Mickey Spacey, Cabinet member for Community Services said:

‘The opening of the refurbished Wimbledon Library is part of our commitment to improving and expanding the service on offer to residents. This is not the end of the matter as we are looking at extended opening hours and additional facilities.

“The feedback I am getting suggests that the vast majority of residents using the libraries welcome the improvements.’ My father taught me to always leave something better than I found it. I sincerely believe that I am doing just that.”

Ingrid Lackajis, Head of Library and Heritage Services will open next week’s event and this will be followed by speeches from Merton Council Leader, Councillor Andrew Judge, local reader, Michael Norman- Smith and Councillor Mickey Spacey. Merton’s Mayor, Councillor Judy Saunders will apply the finishing touches by delivering her speech and cutting the ribbon to declare Wimbledon Library officially open.