Our library is closed this week to prepare for opening over the road in Norwood High Street SE27 9JU on Friday 9th November from 10am and will be sharing the building with a 4 screen Picturehouse cinema & cafe.
This Lambeth library will be operate 54 hours a week and be open every day. Library times are: Mondays 1pm to 8pm; Tuesdays 10am to 8pm; Wednesdays 10am to 6pm; Thursdays 10am to 8pm; Fridays 10am to 6pm; Saturdays 10am to 6pm; Sundays 1pm to 5pm.
Our library will have 35,000 books, free IT facilities with Wifi and over 30 computers to use, a special children’s area, study space, full time library staff, regular activities for all ages and much more.
The West Norwood Library & Picturehouse building is fully wheelchair accessible with a lift and 3 disabled parking bays. Every screen will have an infrared system to play audio-described tracks (when provided by the film’s distributor) through hprovided headphones.
Children’s area in new Library
Cllr Sonia Winifred ( pictured) says: “I’m delighted that the West Norwood Library & Picturehouse is opening 9th November. It’s taken a little longer than we had hoped but now it’s ready for all to enjoy. I am sure it will soon become central to West Norwood’s community life.”
For details of the cinema programme see: https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/West_Norwood#this-week. Opening films are Widows (15) and Wildlife (12A) . Standard adult tickets £11.10 to £14.10 . Members get discounts and there is still time to sign up as a Founder Member.
On Saturday 3rd October West Norwood Library will be transformed into a Fun Palace. Drop in at 16 Knights Hill SE27 0HY to create, share knowledge & skills and learn something new. This is a free event for all ages showcasing the many groups and services available in the library with a chance to try new things combining science, arts and what you will. Look out for DIY face painting and Lego swap! Coding at 11am. DNA & construction at 2.30pm. To run an activity contact Zoe firstname.lastname@example.org
Local author Stella Duffy is walking to all of Lambeth’s Libraries on Fun Palace Day planning to reach West Norwood at 4pm. All welcome to join Stella on part or all of this 12.98 mile walk. For details see: http://funpalaces.co.uk/discover/doing-the-lambeth-write-walk-fun-palace/
Helen Hayes outside the Cinema-Library site
Contracts have been exchanged between Picturehouse Cinemas Ltd & Lambeth council to lease the Nettlefold Halls and turn it into a four-screen cinema, with bar and café. As part of the deal, West Norwood Library will return to the Nettlefold site.
Helen Hayes commented “I am delighted that a contract has now been signed for the delivery of a cinema in West Norwood bringing us a step closer to realising the long held aspiration for the cinema and much-needed restoration of the library. I’m also really pleased that Picturehouse have agreed to pay their staff at the cinema an employment package that is equal to, or more than, the London Living Wage”
Lyn Goleby, Managing Director of Picturehouse, said: “This is the sort of building that we get very excited about – modernising and reinventing a place that sits at the heart of its community. We hope that the support the project enjoys will mean that we can very soon deliver a great new facility for West Norwood”.
Following the signing of the agreement it will take about 3 months to complete costings and develop designs ready for a full public consultation. To get an idea of how the new cinema-library will look see the posters displayed outside the building at 1 Norwood High Street SE27 9JX
The council has been working on plans with City Screen , who run independent cinemas including Clapham Picture House, for a possible cinema in the Nettlefold Hall / Library Centre – beside the cemetery entrance.
Friends of West Norwood Library have arranged to give local people a chance to see and comment on the plans at an early stage.
Just drop in to The Old Library, 16 Knights Hill SE27 0HY on Saturday 20th October between 1pm and 4pm
The Nettlefold Hall / Library Centre has been closed after thieves stole the copper roof in June 2011. The latest plans are that West Norwood Library goes back into the Nettlefold and shares the space with a 4 screen cinema, café and bar.
For detail see: http://www.facebook.com/FOWNL
Lambeth has a great programme of events see brochure for details here.
In West Norwood we have storytelling during half-term week on Monday 29th October at 2.30pm and on Wednesday 31st October at 3.30pm in West Norwood Library 14 Knights Hill SE27 0HY. All children and families welcome . Free entry.
And a Hip Hop history by Rashid Nix on the evening of Wednesday 31st October at 6pm in West Norwood Library.
West Norwood’s temporary library at 16 knights Hill SE27 0HY will be open again on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons . (The opening hours were reduced over the summer due to activity programmes in the Old Library Centre for young people.)
From Monday 3rd September the library opening hours are :
- Monday 10am to 4pm
- Tuesday closed
- Wednesday 10am to 8pm
- Thursday 10am to 1pm
- Friday 10.30am to 12.30pm
- Saturday 10am to 5pm
- Sunday closed
Telephone 020 7926 8092
The opening hours for the temporary West Norwood Library have changed for the summer to give more space for the programme of summer activities for young people.
Until Friday 24th August the library open hours are:
Mon 10am to 5pm
Tues,Wed,Thurs andFri 10am to 12.30pm
Saturday 10am to 5pm
Plans are being developed to move the library back to the Nettlefold Hall building asap.