London Borough of Croydon

Libraries update

The following libraries are now offering time-limited visits for browsing and pre-booked computer use: Central, Ashburton, New Addington, Selsdon and Thornton Heath. You can continue to place your book reservations through our select & collect service Further information can be found on our library updates page.

 

Progress Update

Download or view our latest update for the refurbishment (PDF, 696KB)

How Norbury Library will be different

You said, we did

During public engagement activities in 2016 and 2018, library users told us that access to books, together with space to study, learn and use computers were most important to them about their library. 

Earlier this year, over 100 people came to our open day to tell us what they thought about the refurbishment proposals. Their feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Read more about what people told us and view the refurbishment plans in the document at the bottom of this page.

The new-look Norbury Library will:

  • have a refreshed book stock
  • be a more flexible space with many different areas for smart working, including booths, open table and breakout areas
  • have a new, faster IT network, new computers and improved Wi-Fi

The refurbishment

The refurbishment will respect the original 1930s features, whilst creating a modern library with improved, accessible community space. 

Changes will include:

  • swapping the community events room with the children’s library to help reduce noise levels. The children’s library will be a vibrant and colourful space which can be adapted for different activities
  • new LED lighting will work with the existing glass ceilings (or lay-lights) to maximise light in the library
  • the new flexible events space will also be used as a large study/breakout area connected to a quiet study area; the main library will also have different areas for smart working and study
  • the library will be redecorated throughout with new furniture to support the space being as flexible as possible; new lift will make it fully accessible

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