Newham

Plaistow Library set for maintenance work

27 July 2016 in Community neighbourhoods
​Users of Plaistow Library will be able to enjoy enhanced surroundings after Newham Council carries out repairs and redecoration of the building.
​The library, in North Street, will be closed from Monday 19 September until the week  beginning Monday 17 October for the works to be carried out.

During this time repairs will be made to the library’s roof, its interior walls will be repainted and a new carpet will be laid.

The library will be open as normal until 5.30pm on Saturday 15 September for people to borrow books, films and CDs available in the library and access the more than six million titles available through the London Library Consortium. This scheme enables libraries from across the capital to share items with each other.

The dates of any items due to be returned to the library while it is closed will be extended until Saturday 29 October to ensure people do not receive a fine.

Residents with Newham library cards are able to use any of the borough’s other nine libraries. The nearest to Plaistow are the libraries at Custom House, Canning Town, and Green Street.

They can also use the council’s online library service to download magazines, newspapers, eBooks, eAudiobooks, and reference guides for example for driving  theory tests.

The council’s Plaistow Community Neighbourhood Team is already working with the groups who currently regularly meet at the library so they can make alternative arrangements or find other venues while the work is taking place.

Councillor Ken Clark, cabinet member for building communities, public affairs, regeneration and planning said: “This investment once again shows our commitment to supporting our library service.

“It will ensure that we are able to provide the users of Plaistow Library with an enhanced environment for them to visit, browse for books, music or films or find out more about their local area.

“Our libraries play a key role in our whole approach to helping build stronger and more resilient communities. They are focal points for our community.”