New chapter for award winning Preston Community Library
3 September 2019
Preston Community Library has been ‘high commended’ in The Bookseller’s prized Library of the Year Award 2019.
The volunteer run library, on Carlton Avenue East, is the first community library to be shortlisted for the nationwide award which typically supports professionally-run libraries with paid staff. The Bookseller celebrated “the tireless work of its volunteers” at the library and praised “its position at the heart of the community”.
Preston Community Library is open for four days a week and is run by around 80 volunteers.
Volunteer and Chair of Preston Community Library Philip Bromberg, said:
“We are extremely proud of what we’ve achieved, and honoured to have been recognised in this year’s Library of the Year award.”
In August, Brent Council’s Planning Committee approved proposals to redevelop the library building and replace it with a brand new, modern library which will include 12 new much needed affordable homes. Library users will be able to enjoy a more flexible event space as well as 2,000 more books.
The fit out of the library will be funded through a £268,000 grant from Brent Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy which is a fee developers pay to contribute towards improvements in the local area.
Cllr Krupesh Hirani, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Culture and Leisure, said:
“The volunteers at Preston Community Library are doing a fantastic job and are really passionate about the work that they do so I am delighted that they have been recognised nationally by The Bookseller.
“I am hopeful that, with the promise of newly expanded facilities, the community library will continue to serve residents in the local area while also providing much needed council housing for those who need it most.”
The community library will move to Ashley Gardens for a short period whilst the site is being redeveloped. The 12 homes are part of the council’s programme to build 1,000 new council homes over the next two years for Brent residents.