Libraries Improvement Plans 2019 - 2022

We know how important libraries are to Haringey’s communities – so we’re improving them to offer you more!

The big changes to Hornsey Library completed in November 2020 and we have enhanced the historic fabric of the library through £3.7m of investment, making it bigger, better, more accessible and providing even more services for users and the local community.

The Grade II listed building in Crouch End has many internal improvements, which include new furniture and IT equipment, an improved children’s library section and a refurbished main entrance and main library, alongside essential internal and external maintenance work, roof repairs and a new heating system.

In addition we have allocated £550,000 to enhance our six smaller libraries: Alexandra Park, Muswell Hill, St Ann’s, Coombes Croft, Stroud Green & Harringay and Highgate. Find out more below.

What has been done so far

We are pleased to annouce that Coombes Croft Library reopened in October 2020, looking refreshed with new furniture, a wide range of new books and a great new children’s area.

Stroud Green and Harringay Library closed in January 2021 for its refurbishment and it is anticipated to reopen in Autumn 2021.

The Council also invest £500,000 in new IT across all Haringey libraries to improve their digital facilities for residents, which included interactive self service terminals, card payment facilities and business intelligence tools for smarter stock buying. All libraries now have new public computers and printers and the bandwidth of the network has been increased to improve internet access speeds.

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.

Next steps

We plan to develop only one library in each region of the borough at a time, to ensure that the improvements cause as little disruption to library services as possible.

As the designs develop library users and stakeholders will be kept informed at key stages in the process. We expect the first works will commence in spring 2020 and that the rolling programme will run through to Spring 2022.

Below are the draft plans for the remaining libraries waiting to have their internal spaces redesigned.

Feedback received

At each site, we 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.

Below is the summary of the feedback received:

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Page last updated:

July 15, 2021