Wimbledon Library shows off new look

Wimbledon Library showcased its new improved look and facilities at a community day for Merton residents today.

Head of Library and Heritage Services Anthony Hopkins, cabinet member for community and culture Cllr Nick Draper, Deputy Mayor Cllr John Sargeant and Chief Executive Ged Curran unveil an old photo of Wimbledon Library to mark the library's new look and facilites

Head of Library and Heritage Services Anthony Hopkins, cabinet member for community and culture Cllr Nick Draper, Deputy Mayor Cllr John Sargeant and Chief Executive Ged Curran unveil an old photo of Wimbledon Library to mark the library’s new look and facilities

Following a two month refurbishment through investment from Merton Council, Wimbledon Library’s makeover has improved the look and feel of the much-loved building, making it more comfortable for library customers. The building has been redecorated throughout and the refurbishments mean customers will benefit from additional study space, more space for lap top users to take advantage of the free WiFi, extra computers for customers to use and a relaxing seating area at the front of the library. The children’s section was treated to a makeover too.

To celebrate the library’s new look, the Deputy Mayor of Merton Councillor John Sargeant attended the community day to get a tour of the building and see the improvements that have been made. The community day gave residents an opportunity to get involved in a range of taster sessions that Merton Libraries run on a regular basis including IT sessions, craft activities and health and fitness events. The Travelling Interactive Theatre for Children (TITCH) also put on a performance as part of the community day.

Children's events took place as part of the community day

Children’s events took place as part of the community day

The Deputy Mayor, Councillor John Sargeant, said: “It was a real pleasure to visit Wimbledon Library today and be part of the community day.  I admire the improvements which the recent makeover has made to this much-loved building. Well done to everyone involved in the refurbishment.”

Gerardina Ahmad, a Wimbledon Library for 40 years, visits the library to see its new look

Gerardina Ahmad, a Wimbledon Library for 40 years, visits the library to see its new look

Merton Council’s cabinet member for community and culture, Councillor Nick Draper said: “I’m very glad this refurbishment, which has been planned since before March last year, has been completed. The council has made Wimbledon Library an even better place to visit, browse, borrow and study in and I would encourage all Merton residents to come down and see the impressive results of the makeover.  While you’re here, take advantage of the tremendous range of services on offer including free WiFi, more computers and better reading space. This makeover is testament to the fact that not only are all our libraries considered to be amongst the best in London, they are always improving and striving to meet the needs of the local community.”