The refurbishment of Selsdon Library begins tomorrow, Saturday 1 June, as improvements including new computer equipment, longer opening hours and new furniture are added to the library.
During the refurbishment the library will close for a little over two months with the building reopening to the public in early August.
Selsdon Library is one of the first to be refurbished as part of Croydon Council’s ambitious 10-year plan to improve all of the borough’s 13 libraries.
During the Selsdon works residents will be able to use a staffed pop-up library in the foyer between 10am and 2pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. There will be a returns bin for books and other borrowed items outside the library which can be used at all times.
Sanderstead Library will open an extra day each week during the upgrade. Sanderstead will open on Mondays from 9am to 6pm from 3 June until 29 July in addition to usual opening hours.
Any Selsdon Library users are invited to attend the children’s events being run at New Addington Library during the temporary closure.
Over the last month council officers and Selsdon Library staff have been briefing local people about the refurbishment, from posters and noticeboards to face-to-face updates for library users, councillors and activity groups.
From Saturday, staff will also be on hand to both help people to use the returns bin in the foyer and direct them to access other libraries during the upgrade.
A host of online features including e-books, e-audiobooks, online magazine and newspapers, and services such as renewing a borrowed library book, reserving a book and requesting a library card are available on the council website.
“We are investing in our libraries and improving the facilities and what they offer to our residents.
“The work at Selsdon Library cannot be completed while the library stays open but we are working hard to make sure we keep the library’s services available to our residents.
“I’m looking forward to welcoming the community back to enjoy the new and improved Selsdon Library when it reopens in August.”
Councillor Oliver Lewis, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport