A £3million project to refurbish and introduce extra services to Marcus Garvey Library will now finish in May. Major construction works are taking place at the library, as the council creates a brighter, more modern space, which will include updated equipment and customer service facilities. The revamped library will have more computers, desks and a better range of books, alongside new ceilings, stairs and an improved lift.

Contractors carrying out the improvements have discovered that additional work is needed to the ceilings to ensure they are safe and in top condition for the new look library, and have confirmed the work will take longer than planned.

Haringey Council’s Cabinet Member for Resources and Culture Cllr Jason Arthur said:

“We are committed to opening a building that everyone can be proud of – boasting top quality facilities and a better layout – and while any delay is frustrating it is important that we take the time to get this project right.

“The £3million we are investing in Marcus Garvey Library will ensure it is best placed to continue to play a central role in the community, offering modern, vital facilities at the heart of Tottenham.”

The library will enjoy a £3million makeover, with a brighter, improved layout, the replacement of ageing equipment and the introduction of customer service facilities alongside the full range of existing library services.

New furnishings include better desks and seating and a whole range of mini furniture for young bookworms.

Visitors to the library will be able to pay for parking permits, apply for benefits or get information about council services, as well as read or borrow books, log onto the internet or take part in a range of sessions.

The community will be involved in deciding the future design of the children’s garden, with consultation sessions kicking off at the end of February and led by a volunteer gardener and the Friends of Marcus Garvey Library.

While the library is closed services and sessions will be relocated to neighbouring buildings, with children’s sessions at Bernie Grant Arts Centre and study space at Tottenham Town Hall.

For more information on the improvement works, updates on the construction and information on relocated sessions visit: www.haringey.gov.uk/library-changes