Pollards Hill Library celebration

Merton’s Pollards Hill Library is celebrating greater membership levels and customer satisfaction than ever before, thanks to the success of its Big Lottery funded project.

On 30 March, the Mayor of Merton will formally thank everyone involved in the project and cut a celebratory cake at an event in the library running from 12-2pm.

Since reopening its doors in August 2009 following the council’s successful bid for £958,000 from the Big Lottery Fund, the library has seen an increase of 126% in its active membership. It has also successfully recruited an army of 150 volunteers and has a wide programme of activities, offering something for everyone.

Mayor of Merton, Councillor Gilli Lewis-Lavender, said: “Pollards Hill Library, along with all our libraries in the borough, is a great success story. Our libraries offer a wide programme of activities to bring the community together, and provide many opportunities for residents to make new discoveries and enrich their learning.”

Merton Council cabinet member for community and culture, Councillor Martin Whelton, said: “Pollards Hill is what a modern library should be, with a growing team of volunteers and strong partnerships with local organisations within our community. This has helped make the library such a success since its re-opening – and the Big Lottery Fund has helped make it all possible.”

Notes to editors:
The media are invited to attend the event at Pollards Hill Library on 30 March; please contact Nina Romain on: nina.romain@merton.gov.uk or: 020 8545 4654.

For more information on Merton libraries, please visit: http://www.merton.gov.uk/libraries
Merton Council’s library service has recently come top in the UK at the prestigious Local Government Chronicle (LGC) awards.

Pollards Hill Library was awarded a grant from the Big Lottery Community Libraries Fund to be redeveloped; since then in a survey of 350 members of the local BME community, over 69% agreed that the library had helped them understand different cultures and 97% agreed the library is a valuable part of the community.

The Big Lottery Fund distributes half of the National Lottery good cause funding across the UK. The Fund aims to enable others to make real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need.

Press Contact:
Nina Romain, Communications Officer
London Borough of Merton
020 8545 4654