Hammersmith Library set for revamp


Hammersmith Library will get a £1.65million makeover to complete work on improving the borough’s five libraries.


By Jasmine Marsh, Freddy Mayhew & Nate Saunders

Hammersmith Library will get a £1.65million makeover to complete work on improving the borough’s five libraries.

This goes against the trend which has seen libraries closed down in a bid to save money across other London boroughs.

The library will benefit from the scheme to save 21 libraries in the tri-borough area of Hammersmith & Fulham, Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

The renovation follows the council’s success with Shepherds Bush Library in Westfield and its ‘More than a Library!’ approach.

Cllr Greg Smith, cabinet member for residents’ services, said: “The unprecedented success of the new Shepherds Bush Library goes to show just what can be achieved by modernising library services.

“We are incredibly excited at the prospect of replicating that ‘More than a Library!’ model at Hammersmith.”

Shepherds Bush Library has grown in popularity since opening in 2009 – boasting a 300% membership increase last year.

Visits have also increased by 50% compared to the old site, along with a 45% increase in book loans. 

This was achieved through offering services such as Wi-Fi internet connection, self-service terminals and events for young people.

Cllr Smith is hoping to apply these changes to the Grade II-listed Hammersmith Library – incorporating the modern feel included in the Shepherds Bush design.

Last year Cllr Smith criticised Brent Council’s decision to close six libraries in the area.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, he said: “There is an alternative to the lazy option of simply shutting libraries.”

He added: “Libraries are a vital part of a modern thriving society.”

The renovation scheme follows calls for improvements in literacy rates across London.

Tri-Borough Libraries Area Manager Ann Cooper was unable to comment due to the project still being in the consultation stage.

She encouraged residents to look for more information at

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