Interim library is launched as new community library opens its doors

Below is a Press Release sent out this afternoon by the Council’s Press Team

Barnet Council’s new interim library service is set to launch in North Finchley next week   .

Based in the artsdepot building at Tally Ho Corner, the library is being opened in response to public demand for a service while plans are developed for a permanent Landmark Library.

The interim service is set to open on Tuesday 24 April and will be open Tuesdays and Fridays, 2pm – 5pm and Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am – 1pm. The council hopes to extend the activities beyond these core hours over the summer with new services supported volunteers, particularly focussing on activities for children.

A book loan service, containing approximately 10,000 items will be available as well as magazines and newspapers and also a study space. This will be shortly followed by a programme of activities for children and young people.

The new Landmark Library will merge Friern Barnet and North Finchley libraries, specialising in arts and culture as well as activities for children.

Quotations are now currently being sought from architects to complete a feasibility study for the redevelopment of the artsdepot to create a landmark library. This is estimated to be completed by the end of June this year.

Following the withdrawal of a library service from Hampstead Garden Suburb as part of the council’s wider library strategy, the council has been supporting the local Residents Association to re-introduce a service run from the same premises.

The new community led library will be run and self managed completely by volunteers and will sit independently from the council.

The council is now supporting the Hampstead Garden Suburb Residents’ Association to buy a suitable IT system, stock and manage the building to ensure the library’s long-term success.

Jeremy Clynes, from the Residents Association said:

“Everyone who has come into the library over the last few days has been absolutely delighted – without exception. People have commented on how glad they are that we’re open again and the work we are doing.  Although we’ve only been open three days, its going extremely well and the volunteers are enjoying themselves which is nice to see. We have more than 70 volunteers so far and more people are coming in daily asking to help and offering their expertise. Although we have big plans for the library we’re aware it’s still early days and we’re taking things slowly but we’ve plans to continue working with local children, adults and reading groups.”

 

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