Friends of Barham Library to open ‘pop-up’ reading room in Wembley

Resource centre will move into former nursery in primary school

Library campaigners are delighted after securing a third “pop-up” library which will soon be opening in the borough.

Friends of Barham Library (FOBL) have announced they will temporarily be taking up residence at Barham Park Primary School, in Danethorpe Road, Wembley.

The move follows similar ventures at Kensal Rise and Cricklewood.

Barham Park Library, in Harrow Road, Wembley, was closed last year as part of a move to save the local authority �1m.

But Cllr Paul Lorber, a member of FOBL who initiated the scheme, hailed the “victory for campaigners”.

Cllr Lorber, leader of Brent Liberal Democrats, said: “We are delighted that we have been able to show the council that we are able to still run a community service, for the people.

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“We have asked on many occasions to return to the old library building but our requests were denied.

“It is fantastic that we can now offer a local service for the people who had it taken away from them.”

The resource centre was opened on May 31, 1952, and would be celebrating its Diamond Jubilee this year.

Cllr Lorber said: “It would have been a tragedy for residents to be without a service in what would be the library’ss jubilee year so it is fantastic that we have secured this space in time and we will definitely be holding a celebration.”

The facility, which will be in the currently vacant old nursery building, will offer a variety of activities including free talks and “read-ins” while residents are also encouraged to bring books to add to the collection.

Although it only open on weekends initially there are plans to extend opening hours in the future and run activities with the school.

The pop up library will officially open on April 21.