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100-year-old Barnsbury library reopens after makeover

PUBLISHED: 13:00 08 March 2011

Councillor Paul Convery

Councillor Paul Convery

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A LIBRARY which is more than 100-years-old has reopened after a massive makeover.

West Library in Bridgeman Road, Barnsbury, which first opened in 1907, now has more PCs for public use, a new reading space, a new lift and self-service machines.

The work was funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s community libraries scheme with a £688,000 grant and a further £103,000 to pay for new activities and extra staff.

The library hall will be a base for community activities including keep-fit and computer classes. It is also available for hire.

Councillor Paul Convery, Islington Council’s executive member for regeneration and leisure, said: “The new look West Library is a brilliant community space.”

Author Mike Gayle visited the library last Thursday (March 3) during World Book Day.

The £688,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund also paid for redevelopment work at North Library in Manor Gardens, Holloway.

For more information about West Library or Islington libraries please visit www.islington.gov.uk/libraries or call 020 7527 2000.


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