Checking Out – Preparing for the Hammersmith Library Refurbishment – Part 2

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.

Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie

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.

800 crates were used to pack away 22,000 items

800 crates were used to pack away 22,000 items

There was a lot of stock to shift from the adult library…….

Hammersmith Library

Hammersmith Library

…….and the Children’s library.

Hammersmith Children’s Library

Hammersmith Children’s Library

Upstairs the study room had to cleared of all the computers, tables and chairs.

PCs to Go

PCs to Go

The stock librarian said there was no sitting down on the job, but she was clearly lying!

Ann Cooper (Area Manager) and Elin Jones (Stock Librarian)

Ann Cooper (Area Manager) and Elin Jones (Stock Librarian)

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!!!!

The van's ready to go

The van’s ready to go

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.

Temporary Library - 181 Kings Street

Temporary Library – 181 Kings Street

Hammersmith Temporary Library

Open for business

Open for business

Open for business

Keep reading this blog next week for “Checking in” and our move to 181…..

Nick Baker, Systems Librarian

Nick Baker, Systems Librarian

by Nick Baker, Systems Librarian

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3 Responses to Checking Out – Preparing for the Hammersmith Library Refurbishment – Part 2

  1. Ben Walsh says:

    Congratulations to everyone who made this possible. I know how hard moving is, having doneit at Maida Vale Library 3 times in 12 months…

  2. Alexis Ciurczak says:

    Wow! Such a lot of work! We moved a library once, 75,000 volumes, plus everything else! It was exhausting! Good luck with refurbishment, can’t wait to visit! Keep blogging! I’m following! Alexis

  3. Ann Lalic says:

    Ive been passing the library and assumed it was being turned into luxury flats! Was so darn cheered tonight to see it in action and the wonderful plans to refurb it
    As a child of the sixties raised in a working class family that valued learning my local South Yorkshire library was a second home and loved very much
    Good luck with the move and future plans

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