The future of Norbury Library is uncertain. The results of the Council’s Library review is not yet known and may not be until the end of the year. While Tony Newman, the Council Leader, has promised that Norbury Library will not be closed, there are other possibilities for it.
- to increase the role of volunteers. The Council is already seeking more volunteers for all Libraries – see my blog posting at https://seancreighton1947.wordpress.com/2016/08/27/council-seeks-more-volunteers-for-libraries
- to transfer the library to a community trust, as has already been done with the Upper Norwood Joint Library funded by both Croydon and Lambeth Councils.
In the longer term a future Council administration may decide to close the Library and sell it off to developers.
Croydon used to be a pioneer of libraries. Norbury Library was opened in 1931, partly as a result of many years of pressure from residents.
I discuss the opening and the important wider legacy in my posting at: