New chapter for North Kensington Library

22 February 2018

Future plans to restore ‘one of London’s finest and oldest public libraries’ in North Kensington were discussed last night.

A taster of innovative ideas from access to a NHS triage health service to running a Citizens’ Advice Bureau were bookmarked as potential services to run from North Kensington Library.

The ideas session was held at the library in Ladbroke Grove and discussed between the Friends of North Kensington Library and the Deputy Leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, Cllr Will Pascall. Feedback from the session will help shape a public consultation in which the views of the wider community will be sought.

Other services to potentially run from the new and improved library, include:

- A local archive

- Homework club for Children

- Small business or enterprise support

- Adult learning facilities

- Employment support

- Lectures and talks from local people

Kensington and Chelsea Council’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Will Pascall, said:

“These are exciting times for North Kensington Library and the residents who use this local resource. It was fantastic to meet with the Friends of North Kensington Library and discuss some truly innovative ideas for the library’s future. I look forward to finding out the views of the wider community when we launch a public consultation on the future of North Kensington library.”

Chris Bushell, a member of the Friends of North Kensington Library, added:

“We’re really pushing for a formal agreement from the Council that this will remain a library, maintained by the Council and staffed by librarians. The group has put forward exciting ideas on the future of the library and we look forward to seeing some of these ideas put into place.”

The Council has embarked upon a number of short term remedial improvements to the library that have either been completed or are due to finish soon. These include:

- Walls and ceilings refurbished by summer

- New floor covering to the stairs

- Entrance ramp: replace non-slip surface, redecorate handrails and refurbish lighting to be completed by early April.

- Improvements to the plant area

- Extend WiFi throughout the building, including the children’s library with future plans to enable greater speed and capacity for whole WiFi for library, possibly 1GB.

- A review of the heating, electrical lighting and power installations will be initiated to address the ongoing building service requirements

- The mezzanine balcony area is to have a structural assessment carried out to identify potential usage

- A full building condition survey is underway and will be completed by the end of April.