Maida Vale Library reopens
By poppy_smith | Thursday, August 30, 2012, 21:09
Maida Vale Library has reopened this week - and residents are delighted.
The library had to close unexpectedly in June because of faults found in the roof structure. After extensive surveys it was determined that repairs would take until at least April 2013. It was also decided at this point – early August – that it would be possible to house a temporary library service in the basement, and work began to make this happen.
In less than four weeks all the stock has been removed from shelves, shelving dismantled, existing furniture removed from the basement, new power sources and data sockets installed, new partitions built, computers set up, seating and tables arranged, shelving reassembled and shelves restocked. The final stage – from empty room to fully functioning library, took just five days.
But Maida Vale now has a library worthy of the name. And when the first customers returned on Tuesday morning, they were all delighted with what they found.