“You’re opening again. Thank goodness!
I’ve really missed having my local library.”
In a feat of ingenuity, teamwork and sheer hard graft, Maida Vale Library has reopened this week!
As regular users will know, the library had to close unexpectedly in June this year because of faults found in the roof structure. After extensive surveys by engineers, 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.
It’s been a busy month!
In less than four weeks all the stock has been removed from shelves, shelving dismantled, existing furniture removed from the basement (and the Schools Library Service removed to another temporary location), 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. As you might imagine, it went to the wire…
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:
“Oh, it’s really nice.
It’s a lot smarter than I was expecting!”
Here are some pictures (click on them to see bigger versions):
“It’s so nice to have my local library back!”
And it’s so nice to be back. See you soon.
[with thanks to Andrea, Eric and Gordon]