New services on offer at Leyton Library

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Leyton Library. File image. Leyton Library. File image.

A £1million library refurbishment is due to be completed next week.

Leyton Library, in High Road, has been closed for six months while the work takes place to upgrade facilities.

The project is part of an £5 million overhaul of library services across the borough.

Leyton Library will offer a new IT suite, new computers, a larger children’s library and a dedicated teenager’s library, including  new books, study space and computers.

Residents will also be able to apply for benefits, register births, pay council tax and report missed bin collections.

The Citizen’s Advice Bureau will also be on hand from 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday.

Each fortnight careers and education guidance will be available, in partnership with the University of East London and Birkbeck, University of London.

Employment and health assistance will also be offered.

The library will open on February 26.

Plans for Leytonstone Library’s £1.5million refurbishment can be viewed on the council’s website.

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6:47pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Garrow says...

What this story doesn't say is where the money has come from. This building was sold by the Labour/Liberal Democrat coalition in 2006 at a time when local groups were trying to raise money for its refurbishment. It would be tragic if the current council had now given money to refurbish the building which is now in private ownership.
What this story doesn't say is where the money has come from. This building was sold by the Labour/Liberal Democrat coalition in 2006 at a time when local groups were trying to raise money for its refurbishment. It would be tragic if the current council had now given money to refurbish the building which is now in private ownership. Garrow

7:38am Sat 22 Feb 14

Helen, Walthamstow says...

Garrow wrote:
What this story doesn't say is where the money has come from. This building was sold by the Labour/Liberal Democrat coalition in 2006 at a time when local groups were trying to raise money for its refurbishment. It would be tragic if the current council had now given money to refurbish the building which is now in private ownership.
Are you sure about that, Garrow?

The council sold the listed building, the adjoining old town hall, for development. The sale included the section that lies behind the library and front Ruckholt Road. But as far as I can remember, it did not sell the library.

Can anyone else elucidate?
[quote][p][bold]Garrow[/bold] wrote: What this story doesn't say is where the money has come from. This building was sold by the Labour/Liberal Democrat coalition in 2006 at a time when local groups were trying to raise money for its refurbishment. It would be tragic if the current council had now given money to refurbish the building which is now in private ownership.[/p][/quote]Are you sure about that, Garrow? The council sold the listed building, the adjoining old town hall, for development. The sale included the section that lies behind the library and front Ruckholt Road. But as far as I can remember, it did not sell the library. Can anyone else elucidate? Helen, Walthamstow

3:23pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Walthamster says...

Surely this is now a one-stop shop, not a dedicated library? Will any of the staff be librarians?
Surely this is now a one-stop shop, not a dedicated library? Will any of the staff be librarians? Walthamster

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