Council announces exciting plans to renovate and reopen beloved Woodford Green Library

Published: 6 October 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, libraries across Redbridge have had to close temporarily. However, following the loosening of government guidelines, Redbridge Council's partner, Vision RCL, has begun a phased reopening of local libraries.

So far, five out of the 12 libraries in Redbridge have reopened, with the rest due to reopen over the next few months, pending advice from Public Health England, the Health & Safety Executive, and the Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.

While libraries have been closed due to COVID-19, Redbridge Council and Vision RCL have taken the opportunity to review renovation options to spruce up older Redbridge Libraries.

Fortunately for residents in Woodford, the Woodford Green Library has been selected for a makeover. This will include redecoration and refurbishment and rewiring throughout, bringing the library up to the standard of the other refurbished libraries in the borough. Plans are still in development, but there is a possibility of additional services opening. 

The newly decorated library is expected to reopen in the new year. In the meantime, residents are advised to either visit nearby South Woodford Library or use the online Library service. 

The Leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Jas Athwal, commented, "Unfortunately, we had to close our libraries due to the pandemic. However, we have always been clear this is a temporary measure to keep staff and library users safe. 

"Now the government guidelines have changed, we're opening up libraries across the borough slowly, to make sure there are no health and safety risks. I'm looking forward to the newly decorated Woodford Green Library opening soon."

At this time, all items on loan will continue to be renewed, and customers can reserve books via the Vision website or the 'My Library' app. Books from across The Library Consortium can be reserved and sent to any of the five libraries currently open in Redbridge. 

In addition, Home Library Delivery Services are available for anyone who is housebound and can also be arranged by contacting the library. 

Your Redbridge library card also gives you access to a vast range of ebooks, e-audiobooks, e-newspapers, e-magazines, and film downloads available free of charge in your own home. All you need is your library card and PIN. If you're not a library member or have forgotten your PIN, please visit our website or contact your local library. There's a vast selection available and usage has more than doubled during lockdown – so discover our great 24/7 Virtual Library if you haven't already. 

More information on library services in Redbridge can be found at www.visionrcl.org.uk/libraries 

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