FROM crime to romance, reference to cookery, more than 20,000 books will be returned to Enfield’s busiest library today (Thursday).
The delivery marks another stage in a £4.2 million refurbishment, of Edmonton Green Library, in South Mall, to provide an improved service.
The library was closed last year as part of a “massive transformation” that includes a two-storey library and digital access centre with extra computers, free wifi and more study space.
There will also be resources for students and children and a dedicated local history and museum space celebrating the area’s rich history. Enfield Council’s housing services will remain on the top floor of the building.
The books, which include all genres and types, were removed temporarily from the library to allow building works to take place.
Ayfer Orhan, Enfield Council’s cabinet member for education, children’s services & protection, said:
“Edmonton Library, when completed, is going to be a dazzling example of first rate library services, fit for the future.
“The library will be unrivalled in its technology, allowing users access to online facilities and training, but we must not forget that at the heart of any libraries are its books, and I am delighted at being involved in the returning these 20,000 books right back where they belong.
"When completed Edmonton Library’s facilities will be outstanding, particularly for local students and school children.
“We are very proud of Enfield’s library facilities. Many London councils have been unable to maintain their library services but in Enfield, we have 17 fantastic facilities.”
The library was expected to be finished by the summer of 2017, but the opening has now been pushed back to the autumn.
The closest alternative library is Fore Street, 109-111 Fore Street.