May 01 2013

Harrow’s Civic Centre Library and Gayton Library to Merge

booksUsers of Gayton Library will get improved study spaces, more books and more online subscriptions when it merges with the Civic Centre library this summer in the next stage of the exciting modernisation of library services.

The new merged library will be ready at the end of August, with the Civic Centre library closing at the end of July.

The Civic Centre library is currently under used, so combining the two libraries will bring the central library services together, and will be the first step towards a new town centre library for Harrow.

Harrow’s library service will open up the information highway with brand new computers providing users with far greater online resources. This will include free subscriptions to magazines, newspapers, reference and information titles, plus downloadable audio books. New furniture will be installed to create a more comfortable reading space, along with a new and improved study space for students who use the library during exam periods.

Harrow’s libraries are set to get even better, with more exciting improvements scheduled for later on this year. This includes the introduction of free Wi-Fi and the Library Service joining up with other London authorities to enable residents to use their library card in libraries across London including those in Ealing, opening access to many more items. Wider access means that residents can borrow and return books, DVDs, and CDs wherever they are.

Gayton library will not be closed during the merger, although certain sections of the library will be unavailable for short periods whilst work in that area is being completed.

The local history library will be relocated to Harrow Museum so that all of the heritage services are under one roof, and will re-open there in the autumn.

The council has been consulting with residents on their ideas for the new Gayton library and residents are still invited to give their ideas on revising the layout of the library and where particular sections and stock areas should be located. Residents can email their ideas to library@harrow.gov.uk.

Harrow Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community and Cultural Services, Councillor David Perry, said: “I recognise that Harrow’s libraries are incredibly important to our residents, and ensuring that they continue to offer a high standard of service is a top priority for the council. This merger will provide substantial improvements to Gayton library. Every penny counts, and modernising our services is a great way of saving money. Feedback so far has been positive and our improvements will help the entire community access 21st century technology.”

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  1. Hamsa Adan

    Why should the civic centre library be closed, when it provides the perfect study area for those who find it hard to revise at home, where there are many distractions like younger family members. I understand that it may be underused some of the time, however in the school holidays the civic centre library is used so much that there isn’t enough space for most students, this is due to the fact that a majority of those who use the civic centre library are students. This is why the library is under-used in school term time and also why it is used a lot more in school holiday times.

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