Dear all - your Councillors have attended a briefing with the Library Service on the incoming refurbishment of Alexandra Park Library. Most of you will be aware of the consultation that took place on two possible designs before last year and those of you who have been recently at the Library may have noticed the books being packed.
We can confirm that the final design is a tweak of the two and will include a lift to the first floor. The layout will also see on the ground floor the children library and play area on the left, computers and a work area repositioned opposite the entrance, the lift on the right of the entrance, and the community room on the upper floor swapped on the other side of the corridor to allow for more capacity. There will be sofas and reading space on the right more or less where they are now, with the original bookshelves and study tables layout maintained.
In terms of timescale, it has been agreed to include critical maintenance and compliance works in the library refurbishment to minimise disruption to the service so this will now take around 6 months, and allowing time to tender the works, probably starting after August. Times will be confirmed in due course. While preparing and packing for the refurbishment there will be limited book browsing but click and collect services will be available and charges for requests removed, also there will be no children activities the Summer Reading Challenge will be on. During the refurbishment, residents can access the Muswell Hill and Wood Green libraries, or the Home Library Service (https://www.haringey.gov.uk/libraries-sport-and-leisure/libraries/services/home-library-service) if unable to walk there.
We hope there will be no overlap with the refurbishment of the Muswell Hill Library but if this happens, we will discuss with the service how to mitigate the impact.
This is all from my notes; please get in touch if there is any query or want to provide any comment and feedback.