Search

New East Ham library opens its doors

12:21 24 February 2014

Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales opens the East Ham Library and Customer Service centre in Barking Road.

Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales opens the East Ham Library and Customer Service centre in Barking Road.

Archant

More than 2,000 people passed through the doors of East Ham’s new library and service centre on Thursday.

Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales talks to children at the opening of the East Ham Library and Customer Service centre in Barking Road.Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales talks to children at the opening of the East Ham Library and Customer Service centre in Barking Road.

Newham mayor Sir Robin Wales officially opened the £14.3 million building watched by a crowd which included some of the 80 residents who were involved in its construction.

The three-storey facility brings together customer services and a state of the art library which contains more than 30,000 books.

Sir Robin said: “Our residents have told us that they value their libraries and easy access to council services and we’ve listened to what they’ve said. At a time when other councils have closed their libraries, we’ve kept ours open and invested heavily to make them more accessible, increased the number of computers and new books as well as enabling residents to access council services in one place.”

The open-plan library includes a large children’s library and area for activities and story telling sessions, reading and study areas plus a language lab.

The East Ham Library and Customer Service centre in Barking Road.The East Ham Library and Customer Service centre in Barking Road.

There are more than 42 free public computers offering free internet access with four book drops to avoid queuing.

The customer service centre offers advice on housing options, debt and benefit advice.

Residents can also use the self service kiosks to carry out simple transactions such as paying their council tax or a bill, reporting issues such as fly-tips, keeping track of enquiries or searching for jobs.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 15:00
What the development will look like

More than 500 new homes are set to be built in Stratford after development plans to revitalise the area were approved.

Stratford Centre
Yesterday, 07:00
Pupils from Rosetta Primary School took part in the Schools Festival at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.

Pupils from a Custom House school were treated to a glimpse of Olympic life last week when they took part in a fun sports event at one of the London 2012 venues.

Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre
Yesterday, 07:00
Basil Talha

Local community youth leader Basil Talha has a real talent.

United Kingdom
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Urban golf

It might be an outdoor sport of vast green fairways and well-trimmed lawns, but golf is has reached the big city.

Elizabeth Olympic Park

Most read news

Competitions

You could take in stunning views of London over brunch at the Sky Garden

Celebrate lighter, brighter days with the chance of winning an indulgent brunch for two with a bottle of bubbles at Darwin, the cool and casual brasserie 36 floors up at Sky Garden.

Read more
Time to experience the dizzy heights of London's tallest attraction!

Morgan Pryce, commercial property experts based in London are offering one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of tickets to The Shard viewing platform in the city itself.

Read more

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder