Repairs following the theft of the copper roof of West Norwood Library and Nettlefold Hall are underway . Unfortunately the repairs have revealed asbestos, a building material commonly used in the 1950s to 1970’s.
The council is taking sensible precautions to deal with the asbestos -unfortunately this means that the planned repair work is going to take longer than anticipated. In the meantime a temporary library is now operating Monday- Friday 10am to 4pm at 1 Parkhall Road SE21 8EH ( at west end of Robson Road beside the cemetery) where people can continue to borrow books until West Norwood Library reopens
Cllr Florence Nosegbe, councillor with responsibility for Libraries says “Please be assured that I want to see the library and halls reopened as soon as possible but Lambeth’s first priority is to make the building safe. We ask library users to bear with us, as the safety of those working on the site has to be our top priority.”
Local library users have set up a supporters group called Friends of West Norwood Library. They can be contacted at FWNL@hotmail.co.uk and via facebook. The Friends are encouraging as many people as possible to fill in the Library Survey – its online & will only take a few minutes to complete : http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/surveys/acs/libraries/libraries.htm