Waterloo library will have a new home at the refurbished Oasis Centre, at 1 Kennington Road, opposite Lambeth North Tube station, from mid-July.
The current library at 114 – 118 Lower Marsh will remain open until the move. The new Waterloo library at the Oasis centre will have:
- Longer opening hours: 9am to 6pm Monday – Friday; and 9.30 – 5.30pm on Saturdays.
- Lambeth Libraries staff on site on a daily basis to help users, join members, answer enquires
- Oasis Centre staff on site during the library’s opening hours
- Regular reading groups and children’s storytime sessions
- A café where library users and other members of the public can enjoy refreshments.
The relocated Waterloo library at the Oasis Centre will continue to provide a wide range of books, DVDS, e-books and magazines and have free access to computers and Wi-Fi, study space, scanning and printing facilities and a wide range of information.
Cllr Jack Hopkins, Lambeth cabinet member for Regeneration, Business and Culture, said: “I’m delighted that, by working with a strong community organisation like Oasis, we are able to keep a library in Waterloo. In the face of massive government cuts, we have worked very hard to maintain libraries in all ten existing locations across Lambeth. The new service in Waterloo underlines this commitment and to nourishing and serving our local communities.”
Steve Chalke, Founder and Leader of Oasis Global, said: “We are looking forward to providing the Waterloo library with a new home and welcoming library users to the refurbished Oasis Centre.Oasis’ goal is always to work in partnership to do all we can to help build a safe and healthy community. Hosting the library is one way of achieving this. The library is in a great location, easily accessible on foot or by public transport. I invite the local community to visit, read, learn and explore.”
The Waterloo Jobshop at 114 -118 Lower Marsh will remain open.
Lambeth Council has committed itself to delivering 10 libraries in the borough. This includes town centre libraries in Brixton, Clapham, Streatham and West Norwood; Durning and Tate South Lambeth as a joint town centre service and four smaller neighbourhood libraries.
Due to severe cuts to funding from central government over a number of years, the council has had to look at every single service it provides and work out how to best deliver for residents within the parameters of its budget, and this includes library services. After consultation with residents, some changes to Lambeth’s libraries are being made but a library service is planned for all ten locations.
For more information see www.lambeth.gov.uk/librariesFAQ