More than a million people visit Wandsworth libraries

Published: Friday, May 24, 2024

  • Wandsworth libraries see increase in footfall as the Council continues to invest in public facilities
  • Recent refurbishments have been completed at Wandsworth Town and Northcote libraries

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Wandsworth Town Library was officially reopened earlier this year.

Well over a million people enjoyed visiting Wandsworth’s libraries last year – an increase of 17 per cent on the previous year.

Close to two million books were issued, 75 per cent of them physical books, and the rest e-books. Figures are two per cent up on 2022-23.

Cabinet member for Environment Judi Gasser said the figures vindicated the council’s determination to keep all its libraries open – and even build new ones – when many councils are closing theirs.

“These figures are really encouraging, but it’s not just about borrowing books. Libraries are a crucial part of local communities and a free place where everyone can relax, learn, and feel connected.

“As we prepare to become London Borough of Culture 2025, we will put our libraries at the heart of our celebrations and will continue to cherish and invest in them.”

Wandsworth has 11 local libraries managed on behalf of Wandsworth Council by charitable social enterprise GLL.

Recent improvements include the opening of brand-new libraries in Wandsworth Town and Northcote, with a revamped Putney Library due to formally open this summer.

Opening hours were also extended at Battersea Park, York Gardens and Roehampton over the last year.

As well as borrowing a book, libraries offer a place to work or study, business meeting rooms, a range of online resources, a home delivery service, a heritage service and free events for children and adults including children’s craft activities and story times, author readings, adult learning classes, book and film clubs and digital support for older people. 

Libraries are also a key part of the council’s Community Spaces programme, providing somewhere warm and safe to enjoy free activities and get together with neighbours.

Find out when your local library is open and what you can find there.