LIBRARY: GROUND FLOOR TO BE CLOSED FOR THREE MONTHS
The ground floor of Upper Norwood library will be closed from March 21 for repair and refurbishment works, meaning the library service as is will be suspended (as we can’t use the building while the works are ongoing).
A Lambeth council spokesman told News From Crystal Palace: “We anticipate restarting the library service on June 27.
“We will be running the Under Fives Wriggle and Rhyme during this closure period at the Methodist church (next to Iceland) Westow Hill, SE19 1TQ on Tuesdays from 10-12. “This will start on 21st March so there will be no break in service. “We will be running one session a week during this period and so there will not be a Wriggle and Rhyme on the Thursdays which is the less busy session.
“The reading group stay at its normal time and will move during the refurbishment to the Grape and Grain, 2 Anerley Hill SE19 2AA.”
The library’s books are in a local storage facility along with the archives, the spokesman added. “At the request of the Norwood Society local history group we have retained some of these in the basement of the library building so we can provide access if needed.
“We are unable to provide a book borrowing or internet service during the refurbishment but have advised readers of the nearest libraries in Croydon and Lambeth and also publicised the Home Visit Service for those who would find it difficult to get to those libraries.”
News From Crystal Palace understands the upstairs part of the building will re-open week beginning 29th March – as long as there are no delays. There will be no internet use or books upstairs but it will be open for activities and courses. There will be no lift so access will be restricted.