HIGHGATE Library could re-locate to share premises with nearby Jacksons Lane Arts Centre creating a new community arts and cultural hub.
It’s a proposal being given serious thought by Haringey Council as well as Highgate Library Action Group, who have actively campaigned to secure the library’s future
The library’s existing building in Shepherd’s Hill, which it has occupied since 1902, would be shut and sold off. and proceeds invested in upgrading library services and improving facilities at the arts centre in Archway Road.
Jacksons Lane Arts Centre came up with the idea and approached the council and HLAG with it.
All three parties are now working together to explore the proposal in greater depth to ensure it meets a list of requirements.
*An improved library with enhanced technology
*Access to a wider range of facilities and activities
*Better use of space at Jacksons Lane, with a dedicated separate entrance for the library
*An aim to match the existing amount of Library space
*The council to maintain responsibility for library services.
Highgate Library Action Group’s chair Susan Chinn described the proposal as “interesting and thought-provoking” and said the group would co-operate in the local consultation and feasibility study.
“Libraries are a precious heritage in whatever form they take and the future of Highgate Library must be assured,” she added.
Haringey Council’s Cabinet Member for Customer Services and Culture, Cllr Bernice Vanier, said the local authority was committed to keeping and improving all of the borough’s libraries and any move would have to be in the best interests of the local community and library users.
“We look forward to working closely with both Jacksons Lane and the Highgate Library Action Group to develop proposals further before any decisions are made,” she added.
James Tilston, Jacksons Lane Arts Centre’s Chief Executive, said bringing the library into Jacksons Lane would be the “ideal partnership allowing even more people to enjoy the facilities, events and activities already on offer.”