Libraries Improvement Plans

We are no longer taking feedback on our libraries improvement plans. Thank you to everyone who took the time to give us their thoughts.

What happens next

Your feedback will be used to finalise the designs and these will then be shared with you, together with proposed timescales for implementation. We will also ensure that, wherever possible, we will coordinate internal enhancements and maintenance work to minimise disruption to the service.


    Libraries in Haringey play an important role in enriching individual lives and the communities they serve - culturally, educationally and socially. With this view, we have allocated £550,000 to enhance its six smaller libraries: Alexandra Park, Muswell Hill, St Ann’s, Coombes Croft, Stroud Green and Harringay, and Highgate.

    We are also investing £500,000 in new IT across all Haringey libraries, to improve their digital facilities for residents. This whole investment is intended to improve and modernise the operation of the library service, meeting today’s service needs and planning for the future.

    Please note: 

    • The furniture on the plans is only to illustrate the layout - the final furniture has not been chosen 
    • We are not intending to reduce the number of books
    • Maintenance works will be funded separately to the enhancement works

    What has been done so far

    Draft plans have been produced for each library to redesign their internal spaces. At each site, we have met with staff and Friends’ of the Library groups to discuss the current library layout and the draft proposals, both to test our understanding of how our customers use our libraries and to identify gaps in the current service. We have used the resulting comments and feedback to make changes and refine the draft plans.

    Building condition surveys have been produced and some urgent maintenance works have been completed. A plan for future maintenance work at each site has been developed.

    All libraries now have new public computers and printers and the bandwidth of the network has been increased to improve internet access speeds.

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    Furniture layout plans

    We have a selection of furniture layout plans, which in some cases include minor structural work to create spaces for youth provision, storage and staff workspace. We have building layout plans to show options developed so far. Some of these options include the use of upper floors, which although not part of this project and not currently funded, may have potential to be developed in the future if funding can be identified.

    So before we move to the final design phase, we invite you to share your views on the proposed designs on display in each library. We want to ensure that the final furniture layouts and building plans create safe, welcoming, functional and effective spaces from which to deliver our services, now and in the future, and in doing so, that they meet the requirements of our customers and staff. We recognise that our branch libraries are very dear to communities, so we want to celebrate and enhance the special qualities of each library and be respectful of the unique architecture of each of them.

    The displays will be available for viewing in each library from Monday 3 June to Friday 5 July 2019 and if you would like to talk to someone about the plans, there will be drop-in sessions scheduled with a member of the project team and a library manager - see details below. Questions asked, with their answers, will be then be displayed in the library and on our website.

    If you are unable to visit the libraries, you can view the plans below:

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    Drop-in sessions

    Drop-in sessions took place at the dates and times below. Library users were able to talk to members of the project team and library staff about the plans.

    Alexandra Park Library

    • Saturday 8 June, 12.30pm-2.30pm
    • Monday 10 June, 3-5pm

    Coombes Croft Library

    • Saturday 8 June, 3-5pm
    • Monday 10 June, 12.30-2.30pm

    Highgate Library

    • Saturday 22 June, 3-5pm
    • Wednesday 26 June, 10am-12pm

    Muswell Hill Library

    • Saturday 8 June, 10am-12pm
    • Tuesday 18 June, 12-2pm

    St Ann’s Library

    • Monday 10 June, 10am-12pm
    • Saturday 22 June, 10am-12pm

    Stroud Green and Harringay

    • Saturday 22 June, 12.30pm-2.30pm
    • Friday 28 June, 2-4pm

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      Page last updated:

      8 July 2019

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