In 1902, the Scottish born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, offered £10,000 for the building of a public library in the southern half of the Metropolitan Borough of Hammersmith. This offer was gratefully accepted and a site was chosen in Brook Green (now Shepherds bush Road) for the new building.
The building is now undergoing a £2.7million refurbishment both to preserve Carnegie’s legacy and to provide our customer’s with a service fit for the 21st Century.
Preparing the move from Hammersmith Library was a very big task. Before we could move out we had to move the crates in.
There was a lot of stock to shift from the adult library…….
…….and the Children’s library.
Upstairs the study room had to cleared of all the computers, tables and chairs.
The stock librarian said there was no sitting down on the job, but she was clearly lying!
It was hard work!!!!!
All the stock was boxed up and ready to move……
And then the library was empty…..
How did Len get it all in his van!!!!
Most of our stock and furniture has gone into storage or been assimilated in to our other libraries. Our most popular items have been moved to the Hammersmith Temporary Library at 181 Kings Street.
Keep reading this blog next week for “Checking in” and our move to 181…..
by Nick Baker, Systems Librarian