Our volunteers have lots of exciting ideas and plans for running a dynamic and responsive library. Books and reading will remain firmly at its heart, but there’ll also be better facilities for going online, fun activities for children and adults, literary and art events, workshops etc, legal and welfare benefit advice and space for people to study and relax.

What happens here will depend on you, your ideas and your help in making them happen. We will put consultation, collaboration and partnership at the heart of everything we do.

Some things won’t change.

The library will still be integrated into the Ealing Library system and the London Libraries Consortium. If you have an Ealing Library card you’ll still have access to millions of items in many different languages through the shared library catalogue. You’ll still be able to use the free public wifi (and the new public computers). You’ll still be able to do printing and copying and to book the Library’s Community Room for your groups and meetings.

Our plans – let us have your views!

We want to put in more shelves for books generally, and in particular we want to create a new reference and information section at the back of the library next to the computers.

Moving books onto the back wall will enable us to free up more space in the centre of the library for people to sit and read, use the internet, study and relax, and will turn the main body of the library into a really great space for hosting cultural events, meetings of local groups and other activities.

We don’t want to lose the mural on the back wall, so the new shelving layout has been designed so that all of the key features of the picture will still be visible. Here is an idea of what it will look like:

The orange color of the shelves is for visibility in this image. We will be discussing an appropriate shelf color for the space.