Old Malden Library as good as new

Old Malden Library refurbished

The newly refurbished Old Malden Library has reopened to the public after the completion of a major £40,000 refurbishment.

Library visitors can now experience a more attractive, bright and open 21st century service which doubles the space dedicated to children and young people who account for 61 per cent of the library’s visitors. Key features of the upgrade include:

  • a comfy reading tunnel for kids, and a new carpet fitted through out
  • lower book stands that allow more natural daylight to enter the building
  • new teenage area in the adult library to support the library’s work with young people in secondary schools
  • an IT suite of 10 computers and laser printer with fast and free Wi-Fi broadband service
  • IT support groups to encourage people to use the internet in 'back to work' groups, ‘Silver Surfers’ sessions and IT buddy sessions
Local resident, Bella Matten, who attended the opening said:

‘I come to the library four times a week. It’s brilliant because I have a young son and I can encourage him to read. We particularly like Rhyme Time on Tuesdays. There’s a good selection of things to do, not just borrow books, and also there's a variety of groups that are available for all different ages.

‘The library as a whole is great for this community.’

Councillor Mary Clark, Deputy Mayor of Kingston, cut the ribbon and said:

‘There’s a renewed energy here and a great incentive for even more local people to come and join.’

Leader of Kingston Council, Councillor Kevin Davis said:

'Libraries matter to children, their families and communities and this is a library at the centre of its community. This refurbishment has created a space that will really nurture and inspire children as readers. But it's also a digital door for the whole community, providing both free internet access the support to use it.

‘The library has been transformed into a bright and open space that is welcoming to visitors and I know the residents of Old Malden will make it a great success.’

To find out about the many services available to all ages at your local library see libraries.