Published on:10 May 2016
Work has started on two library refurbishments ahead of partnership working
Enfield Council has started working to refurbish further two libraries ahead of voluntary and community sector organisations sharing facilities and responsibilities for running them.
The refurbishments, which form part of Enfield Council’s library strategy, will pave the way for residents across the borough to be able to access more services at their local library than ever before.
Ponders End Library is one of the libraries to be affected prior to Age UK occupying part of the building in College Court, High Street, Ponders End, from Monday 23 May. The building will be closed from today (Monday 9 May) until Monday 23 May while work to provide the facilities the charity needs are put in place.
Enfield Highway Library will also be closed today (Monday 9 May) with a proposed opening date of Monday 1 August while the building is prepared for a Public Health Services Hub to move in.
Other partners who are set to work with the Council to help provide library services will include schools and children’s centres as well as Southgate College and the Millfield Theatre, commercial lets are being considered for some sites.
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services & Protection, Cllr Ayfer Orhan, said: “We are committed to providing a first rate library service and despite significant spending cuts from central government we have found an innovative and effective way of providing a comprehensive library service which meets the needs of Enfield residents and means we have managed to retain more libraries than any other London borough.
“This approach means we are working in partnership with reputable and credible partners to bring vital community services that people rely on into our library buildings while retaining libraries in all of our neighbourhoods. This means we are continuing to provide a first rate library service in Enfield which will continue to provide the services our residents rely upon.”
Following the restructure of the library service Enfield Council specified the four biggest and most popular libraries in the borough – Enfield Town, Edmonton Green, Palmers Green and Ordnance Unity Library, as hub/flagship libraries - which deliver a wide range of library services alongside community based activities.
The remaining 13 libraries were designated as community libraries. The Council will continue to run these libraries and library card holders will be able to use their account to access a wide range of library services. However the Council will be sharing premises in community libraries with other organisations to bring in income, share costs and provide added benefits to the local community.