New-look Tottenham library fully re-opens on Monday after £3m facelift

By Russ Lawrence in Local People

The new-look hi-tech Marcus Garvey library in Tottenham is set to fully re-open from next week following its £3 million revamp-with other council services now also sharing the buildiing.

Haringey Council has relocated some of its customer services to the building in Philip Lane from Apex House in Seven Sisters Road which is being demolished for housing.

Re-named the Marcus Garvey Centre, the library has been partially open to the public to test facilities since Tuesday, but will be fully open from Monday

It had been temporarily closed for six months to enable the refurbishment.

The facelift includes new state-of-the-art technology, a more spacious layout, modern furniture, 52 computers compared to the previous 22, a refurbished children’s library and an extra 22,000 new books.

“At a time when many councils around the country are closing their libraries,” said Haringey Council Cabinet Member for Culture, Cllr Bernice Vanier, “I am incredibly proud that Haringey has kept our nine libraries open despite a 40 per cent cut in government funding.

"Our £3million refurbishment of Marcus Garvey will give residents a brand new library space, new books and the latest computers to learn online skills.

“It shows Tottenham is on the up with cutting edge arts and culture, world class sports and leisure, new jobs and new homes, as well as a strong community and a very proud history,” she added.

Customer service facilities have been introduced on the second-floor with an enquiry desk and payment machines for services such as parking permits.

There is also a brand new study area and a dedicated Afro Caribbean and Marcus Garvey section, complete with a host of books on the Jamaican political leader after whom the centre is named.

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