H & F Mayor Mercy Reopens Hammersmith Library
Along with 100 local residents celebrating the occasion


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Hammersmith Library has been officially reopened by the Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham, Cllr Mercy Umeh, who was joined by around 100 residents celebrating the occasion.

The Grade II listed building in Shepherds Bush Road, which opened in 1905, has been transformed and modernised at a cost of £2.8m to make it a place for every resident to use and enjoy.

Among the many improvements, there will be a new teen zone and children’s library. The library is now accessible to disabled visitors, with a new lift and public toilets.

Wesley Harcourt, Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s cabinet member for environment, transport and residents’ services, says: " I am particularly pleased the library will be hosting sessions for children and their families to share stories together, as this helps give kids a great start in life. I hope people like it."

The official opening ceremony was sponsored by the La La restaurant on Hammersmith Broadway and by Hammersmith Broadway Shopping Centre.

As a taster of what will be on offer in future, the opening week saw careers and computer workshops, writing classes, language lessons, Rhyme Time for children and families, genealogy taster sessions and health checks.

Hammersmith and Fulham Archives, which holds historical maps, photographs and documents from and about the borough, is moving from the Lilla Huset building to a new home in the library, in a specially designed area.

More than 18,000 Hammersmith & Fulham library members can also access more than one million items and books across libraries in the neighbouring boroughs of Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea.

It will be open Monday to Thursday 10am-8pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-5pm, and Sunday 11am to 5pm.

For a full list of events in Hammersmith and other libraries in the borough, go here.

You can also keep up to date with new from the libraries on Twitter at  @LBHFLibraries.


July 7, 2014