Ealing Council’s Cabinet has agreed to move Ealing Central Library to a new location elsewhere in Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre, a temporary move before it shifts into the council’s new town hall on the Perceval House site.
In exchange for moving from its current site spread across two floors of the shopping centre, the centre’s owners, British Land will create a new library space on the first floor above Primark.
It is proposed that the new shopping centre location will be its temporary home for up to five years before a permanent move to a purpose-built library in the council’s redeveloped offices on the Perceval House site.
The move from the existing site will enable British Land to redevelop the area currently occupied by the library.
Cabinet member for safety, culture and community services, Councillor Ranjit Dheer said: “The way people use libraries in the 21st century is changing with an increasing number of residents borrowing electronic books and using our online services. This is a fantastic opportunity to create a brand new, modern library in central Ealing which reflects changing habits. We also want to design a space which makes it easier to browse shelves and choose from a selection of popular, relevant books. I am proud that despite financial challenges, Ealing has not closed any of its libraries and we welcome the opportunity to create a modern library at no cost to the council.”
Subject to planning permission, the library could move to its new location in Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre in summer 2017.