Upper Norwood Library by Richard Calvert

Refurbishment News

Refurbishment work has started on the Upper Norwood Library, taking the historic 116-year-old building into its next exciting chapter. The extensive building plans include repairing the roofs and floors, and internal redecoration throughout, transforming it into a sleek, contemporary space for local people and businesses to meet, learn and socialise.

The first phase of the building work on the upstairs is due to finish on 20th March, after which the phase 2 of the work, lasting 3 months, will start on the ground floor and basement. During this time there will, unfortunately, be no lending service, librarians or computer access due to the inevitable disruption and health and safety concerns. We know how important these services are to the local community and regret the inconvenience this will cause, but promise that it will be worth the wait and your patience will be rewarded!

Remember that all the Hub activities will continue in the space upstairs and Norville’s Coffee Shop will remain open, welcoming you with the same range of delicious coffee and healthy snacks. And feel free to pop by and say hi to the hub team, as someone will be there during opening hours to answer your questions.

Then, when all the works have been completed, why don’t you come in and see the results for yourself? As well as a newly decorated lending library with the same comprehensive range of literature, non-literature and children’s’ books to browse and borrow, and a fantastic new space upstairs available for hire, there’ll be loads more to discover and enjoy. There’ll be a community outreach programme, regular activities for adults and children, plus education and volunteering opportunities; and there’s more being added all the time. We’re even looking into the possibility of opening a new Library of Things where you’ll be able to come along and borrow a drill, popcorn machine or camping set, all for a fraction of the price of the normal rental cost.

We’d love to hear about what you’d like to see at the Library Hub too, so please drop us a line at [email protected] to share your ideas.

Laura Wright, Chair of Upper Norwood Library Trust, said: “We are thrilled that the Upper Norwood Library Hub, which was under risk of closure only 2 years ago, has been given such an exciting new lease of life. We are very lucky that the community around us is so close-knit and enthusiastic and that we have enjoyed so much support in recent months. With the refurbishment now underway we can only feel even more excited about the future of this historic and important building, and library service housed within it.”

Councillor Jack Hopkins, Lambeth’s cabinet member for Business, Culture and Regeneration, said: “This relatively short period of building work will mean the building can be a great asset for the community long into the future. The Trust have done a brilliant job so far, supported by Lambeth’s library service, in providing a real community hub for the people of Upper Norwood.”

Councillor Timothy Godfrey, Croydon’s cabinet member for Culture, Leisure, and Sport, said: “The Upper Norwood Library Hub team has been doing a fantastic job over the last year, transforming the library into a vibrant and welcoming place that has something to offer everyone. The refurbishment that is now underway will continue this transformation, providing the community with a space for meeting, learning and socialising.”

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