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Great Expectations as 20,000 books return to library

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14 July 2017

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There has been a real page turner at Edmonton Green Library with the return of 20,000 books, which were temporarily removed during its multi-million pound refurbishment.

- 20,000 books return to Edmonton Green Library after extensive refurbishment

- multi-million pound facelift will create a modern, user-friendly library in the heart of Edmonton Green

- The renovation forms part of Enfield’s unrivalled commitment to library services

It was a real page turner yesterday (13 July) when 20,000 books, which had been temporarily removed from Edmonton Green Library as part of a multi-million pound refurbishment, were returned to their shelves.

The books, which include all genres and types of books, were removed temporarily from the library to allow building works to take place.

This is all part of a massive transformation of one of Enfield’s busiest libraries, which will see the site propelled into the twenty-first century. It will encompass a light-filled, two-storey facility and digital access centre with extra computers, free Wi-Fi, increased study space and an increased number of PCs enabling customers to access online council services. There are also additional resources for children and students.

Enfield Council Cabinet Member for Education, Children's Services & Protection, Cllr Ayfer Orhan, said: “Edmonton Green Library, when completed, is going to be a dazzling example of first rate library services, fit for the future.

“The library will be unrivalled in its technology, allowing users access to online facilities and training, but we must not forget that at the heart of any libraries are its books, and I was delighted at being involved in returning these 20,000 books right back where they belong.

"When completed Edmonton Green Library’s facilities will be outstanding, particularly for local students and school children. We are proud to be investing in their future and the future of the area, offering an unrivalled facility for all.

“Enfield Council is committed to providing a first class library service which meets the needs of residents across Enfield, so why not pay your local library a visit?”  

As well as the enhanced work spaces within the modernised building, there will be a dedicated local history and museum space to celebrate the area's rich history. There will also be online training facilities, a huge range of books, an outside seating area, as well as many other resources.

Enfield Council's housing services will remain on the top floor of the building.

The library is expected to be finished by the autumn of 2017.

The refurbishment is part of the Council’s Library Development Strategy agreed in 2015 to create a sustainable future for the borough’s libraries, helping to build strong communities.

Enfield Council is one of the few councils in London who have kept their libraries open throughout these tough economic times.  

Edmonton Green library – which is visited more than 400,000 times a year – is currently closed to the public. During the closure, you will still be able to access public computers at both Green Towers and Internet@31 in Edmonton Green Shopping Centre.

The closest alternative library is Fore Street, 109-111 Fore Street, Edmonton, N18 2XF. Other flagship libraries include Enfield Town, Palmers Green and Ordnance Unity Centre.

More information on Enfield’s library services can be found online at Libraries