Libraries continue to flourish

Published: Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Wandsworth is looking at ways to further develop its library service.  

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The borough has 11 libraries, with new libraries being built in Wandsworth Town and Northcote Road. The service, managed on behalf of the council by GLL, is popular and well-used. For the third year in a row, Wandsworth Libraries issued the highest number of books in London.   

There is also a comprehensive programme of events including baby rhyme time and children’s story times, CV and technology workshops, creative writing groups and coding and homework clubs. Some of these have continued to be provided online during the pandemic. Visit the Wandsworth Librarians Facebook page. 

Currently libraries are open for collection of pre-ordered items only but libraries provide a wide range of online services including e-books, newspapers and magazines, research tools and local history and heritage material, including free access to the Ancestry site. Currently libraries are open for collection of pre-ordered items only. 

Councillors this week looked at developing existing services to reflect the needs of each local community.  

The council is exploring options for running a pilot scheme in two libraries – Putney and Wandsworth Town – including affordable workspace for local small businesses and space for learning and training. The new library at Wandsworth Town is expected to be completed in early 2022.  

Schools will also be given more opportunity to use spaces within libraries. The council’s collection of local history objects will be professionally reviewed and could also be displayed in branches.   

Cabinet member for community services and open spaces, Cllr Steffi Sutters, said: “We have an excellent library service in Wandsworth and, at a time when other councils are closing libraries, we are investing in ours. 

“We will explore plans to make full use of their potential to provide local people with space to meet, learn and work, and will continue to ensure residents can access a full range of online services during the pandemic.”