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Library to reopen after multi-million pound refurbishment
Thursday, 05 July 2012
ILFORD Central Library was set to reopen on Tuesday (July 4) following a multi-million pound make-over.
The improvements are intended to save money by making the building more energy efficient and generating income from a new coffee shop.
New specialist equipment will include iPads programmed with child-friendly content.
Councillor Robin Turbefield, Redbridge Council’s cabinet member for leisure and youth services said: “I am sure these new improvements will be welcomed by the local community and I hope it will encourage more people to use the library and all the wonderful new facilities. I am sure people will want to spend quality time in the library.
“I am very impressed with the refurbishment that has taken place. The new features have brought the building to life and I hope library users will enjoy all the innovative ideas incorporated into the new design. This really is a library fit for the 21st Century.”
Key improvements to the Central Library, following the six-month refurbishment, include:
• self-service machines and a welcome desk with staff on hand to help library users.
• a children’s library with sofas to encourage parents and children to stay and read.
• an ‘Enchanted Forest’ area with video projections which aims to inspire children to read iPad towers and learning games.
• more study areas spaced throughout the library, comfortable seating and spaces for laptop users with free WiFi.
• A combined Reference Library and Local Studies and Archives section.
• A coffee shop.
The library will open on Tuesday at 3pm. For opening hours of borough libraries visit www.redbridge.gov.uk
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