Funding boost for Ealing libraries

Mon 28 May 2012, 9:00 am

Ealing Council has agreed to invest 2.2 million to refurbish Hanwell and Perivale libraries.

The decision to keep all of Ealing’s libraries open, and invest in their upgrade and refurbishment, was taken following a public consultation last summer.

Hanwell Library will receive a £900,000 makeover that will update, repair and restore the historic Carnegie building. There will be new self-service booths and a lift to the first floor, as well as general improvement to the décor.

Perivale’s 1930s library will receive a £400,000 upgrade to bring it up to the same standard as other libraries in the borough with new library design and furniture.
Keith Townsend, executive director of customer services at the council, said: “This investment shows how much we value our library service in Ealing. We want to bring all our libraries up to a modern standard while still providing a value-for-money service and these improvements will help to achieve this.”

Separate plans to move Southall Library to the Dominion Arts Centre are still at an early stage and there will be consultation with local residents on the proposal, design and what services could be provided at the site.

All three libraries will also benefit from a computer upgrade and WiFi access.

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