Local library shortlisted for Library of the Year Award

Merton’s Colliers Wood Library has been shortlisted for the Bookseller’s Library of the Year Award. The prestigious award, open to all libraries across the UK, was announced on Friday 13 July.

Library staff, volunteers and ward councillors outside Colliers Wood Library

The library which opened in February, has been created with accessibility at the heart of its design and is Merton’s first dementia friendly library, following consultation with the Alzheimer’s Society.

The state of the art library is organised over 3 floors and includes a coffee shop, newly designed rooms for meeting and learning activities along with improved facilities for all ages. It also has strong environmental credentials including solar panels and a green sedum roof.

Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for community and culture, Cllr Nick Draper was over the moon at the nomination. He said: “Congratulations to all staff and volunteers who have worked incredibly hard to make Colliers Wood Library a vital community resource which can be enjoyed by everyone.  Not only is Colliers Wood Library a great place for families, being Merton’s first dementia friendly library, we’ve created a wonderful environment which is free and accessible to all.”

The library offers a variety of free events each week.  Why not visit the library website to find out more.


Notes to editor:

The library has disabled access with a lift and toilet facilities.

There is a section of the library with study areas and meeting spaces for hire. On the ground floor of the library there is a coffee shop run by Gosto Fino.

The library also has solar panels on the main roof and a green sedum (moss) roof and a centralised heating system for the whole building that the library is part of.

The libraries services also include photocopying, scanning, printing facilities. It has an information section offering newspapers, magazines and leaflets and community noticeboards.

Transport links to the library are located a couple of minutes’ walk from Colliers Wood underground station.  Bus routes 57, 131 and 219 stop outside the library.

There is limited metered public parking available next to the library.