This evening sees the close of the iconic Marylebone Library. As part of an ongoing programme of upgrading Marylebone’s public buildings and services, already seen with Marylebone Town Hall, the library is being moved to a new location on Luxborough Street in Spring 2015.
In the interim period the library will be being housed in MacIntosh House on Beaumont Street. Local residents have expressed over the temporary nature of the move. The temporary site will open on 28th August.
The old library is being leased to the London Business School for 35 years as part of their expansion plans. Westminster City Council has been quick to state that this is not selling off the family silver. The Council feel that they have managed to maintain ownership of an old building while saving the taxpayer from having to pay for a multimillion-pound redevelopment.
The new library development will unlock up to £10 million of investment towards regeneration projects in Church Street and other areas. It will have dedicated children services, lending services, a café, a computer suite, meeting rooms for local groups and access to wider council services.
More information more about the changes to the library can be found here on Westminster City Council’s website.