Damaged library to reopen next month with ‘new look’

The library has been closed since it was damaged by a flood in December

Leyton Library

Leyton Library is set to reopen next month with a “new look”, half a year after it shut down for repairs.

The library in the High Road closed “indefinitely” on 4th December after a flood damaged the building’s ceilings and floors.

Speaking in January, the council’s cabinet member for public services Paul Douglas said that the “safety and comfort of visitors and staff” is the council’s “top priority”, adding there was a “book delivery service available” for residents unable to travel to other libraries.

In a update last week, a council spokesperson confirmed that the council finally plans to reopen the building to the public in May.

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Flooding damage inside the library (credit: Waltham Forest Council)

They wrote: “Following recent works to resolve flood damage at Leyton Library, we would like to apologise for the continued inconvenience and disruption that this has caused to residents.

“We’re working tirelessly on a new look for the library and plan to reopen in May. We really appreciate your patience and will update on the opening date nearer the time.”

The council’s webpage for the library currently directs residents to their nearest alternatives in Lea Bridge and Leytonstone.

Those looking for Parking Visitor Scratchcards for Leyton postcodes are currently able to get them from Leytonstone Library.

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