100-year-old Barnsbury library reopens after makeover

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.”


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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.

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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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