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Palmers Green Library transformed in a year

Published Friday, 18 September 2015

After a year of radical alterations and improvements by Enfield Council, Palmers Green Library sparkles with new sleek lines, clean new shelving, new furniture and carpeting, and the latest technology bringing a world of discovery to the public.


The library in Broomfield Lane is extending a warm welcome to the local community when it opens its doors at 9am on Monday 21 September with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11am.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services & Libraries, said: “This library has been entirely transformed and people will be surprised and delighted when they see it. It is now a joyful place celebrating literature, learning, entertainment and the latest technology. It is designed for all ages and interests and forms part of our four flagship libraries across the borough: Ordnance Unity, Enfield Town, Palmers Green and Edmonton Green.

"Set out on two floors, it has an inviting children's section; a teenage area; a community room; innovative technology including interactive tables, a gadget bar with internet access; electronic noticeboards and displays and a full range of materials and items to borrow.

“It is a valued facility where people of all ages can study, use computers; find books, read newspapers and magazines or use the meeting room in a bright welcoming environment.”

An interactive table on each floor enables library users to call up information by touch to find educational material and games as well as an electronic museum display for local history, Enfield heritage information and quizzes.

A customer access point enables Enfield residents to locate council services through the ‘My Enfield’ account and the council’s website.

Through an extensive library consultation, Enfield Council planned Palmers Green as its fourth flagship library. Like the other libraries in the flagship group it is a major library offering a full range of library services in easily accessible locations and offers support to 13 smaller community libraries around the borough.

Eventually all flagship libraries will be open seven days a week.

An interesting booklet tracing the history of Palmers Green Library is being published by the council’s local history unit. 

It explains how Palmers Green Library finally opened in September 1939 – but since war had just been declared it was immediately requisitioned by the government for national offices and food ration books.

Containing contributions and pictures provided by local people it will show how our libraries have developed over the years and how Palmers Green Library reflects this.

Palmers Green Library was originally planned as an addition to Southgate Town Hall and was set behind it. Recently the old town hall was sold to develop new affordable housing for rent and shared ownership.

A new housing block has been built and the protected areas of the old building have been transformed into single bed flats for shared ownership

In all, 18 affordable homes have been created, two with wheelchair access. Enfield Council has been working with the Home Group housing association on this development.

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