Merton’s library and heritage service has been shortlisted for an MJ award, one of the major local government industry honours.
The service has been shortlisted in the best council services team category along with seven other authorities across the country. The winners are set to be announced on Thursday 16 June.
Going from strength to strength, the service had focused on accessibility, the community, building development and technology. It has also set up a pioneering volunteering scheme with over 560 residents working in libraries across the borough and its Schools and Libraries membership scheme has been nationally recognised. Merton’s libraries provide free WiFi and enjoy high customer satisfaction.
The heritage service has expanded its reach within the borough. Last year it launched the borough’s first photographic archive with over 15,000 images called ‘Merton Memories’ funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). This year the service will be launching a new HLF funded project exploring the lives of Merton residents who served during the First World War.
Director of community and housing, Simon Williams said: “Our libraries and heritage service continue to buck the national trend in declining library usage and this fantastic work is being recognised with this shortlisting for an MJ award. With a record number of users, extended opening hours and the redevelopment of Donald Hope and West Barnes libraries, these are exciting times for our library service.