New library to open in Wandsworth Town

A new library is due to open in Wandsworth Town on November 14, hoping to offer an improved range of library and community services to residents of the borough.

Designed to be environmentally friendly, the library will use heat pump technology and double glazing to lower its carbon footprint while hosting more than 40,000 books.

The new library will also feature a separate children’s library with its own distinct toilets and baby changing area.

Wandsworth Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment Judi Gasser has expressed her enthusiasm for the opening.

She said: “This is a fantastic new town centre library providing an excellent community resource for residents of all ages.

“It is a bigger and better fully modernised library with a much larger children’s section than was possible at the existing town centre library.”

Wandsworth currently has 11 libraries that also offer home delivery service operated by Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL), the country’s biggest public libraries provider.

This past year, Wandsworth Council opened a new building for Northcote Library in Battersea, while also investing in enhanced library buildings at Putney, Tooting and York Gardens.

Visitors to Wandsworth Libraries are currently able to use a range of services provided they own a library card, including:

  • Borrowing books, audio books and e-books, and DVDs
  • Browsing the internet free of charge
  • Free access to library wi-fi and use of computers
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Hiring meeting and co-working spaces

The libraries at Roehampton, York Gardens and Battersea Park currently offer extended hours and warm spaces and shelter for anyone struggling with heating at home.

Wandsworth Libraries also plan to host free groups, activities and social engagement this coming winter.

To prepare for the opening of the new site, the current library on Garratt Lane will close to the public on October 30.

This is designed to allow staff to transfer books and other materials from the existing site to the new library.

External View of current Wandsworth Town Library site on Garratt Lane
SAY GOODBYE: A historic Grade II site, the building currently hosting Wandsworth Town Library will soon close to the public. Image Credit: Hugh Venables

For more information on the new Wandsworth Town Library click here.

Information on how to join a Wandsworth Borough Library can be found here.

Featured Image Credit: Wandsworth Council
Image Credit: ”Wandsworth Town Library’‘ by Hugh Venables under CC BY-SA 2.0

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