New £4.5million library opens in Rainham

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The Mayor cuts the ribbon in the presence of councillors, library staff and the building contractorsRAINHAM’S new £4.5million library has officially opened, ahead of public consultations into the library service which could see changes in staffing and opening hours at libraries across Havering.

The library was officially opened at a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by dignitaries included the Mayor of Havering Cllr Linda Trew.

The multi-million pound work was jointly funded by Havering Council and the Mayor of London, who contributed over £2m.

The library scheme has long been a key part of the Council’s wide-reaching project to improve the area and the quality of life for local residents. It has seen Rainham Broadway transformed to create more than 2,700 square metres of expanded library facilities, as well as retail space, a nursery and 16 new flats built above the new-look library.

There are around 3,000 more books in the new library and purpose-built meeting rooms available for the public to hire. There is also more technology including two new SMART tables, more computers in a dedicated IT suite and more study space.

One of the rooms in the library features flooring that depicts key historic landmarks in the village on a giant map, giving visitors and children the opportunity to learn more about Rainham by simply looking at the floor. The room will typically be used for activities and events such as author talks, crafts, poetry readings, knit and natter, and more.

Cllr Melvin Wallace, cabinet member for culture & community engagement, said: “This really is a fantastic addition to the village – it’s more than just a library, it’s a community hub that we’ve been committed to building for a very long time.

“We are about to go into a period of consultation on libraries, mainly around the current opening hours, but one thing is for sure, this new library will make a massive difference in the community and be a great benefit for generations to come.”

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