I have long had an unproven theory that the biggest concentration of libraries in London, if not the country, must be in Bloomsbury, if one defines that area generously. One cannot throw a stone south of the Euston Road without hitting an academic, special or medical library. But for a brief moment, Wandsworth can claim to have the highest concentration of new libraries in the capital. Yesterday the new Wandsworth Town library opened in the old court house building, formerly the borough's museum. I visited at lunchtime and was impressed. There's self-issue, free wifi, and the designers have made the most of some complicated and awkward spaces. Outside staff handed leaflets to passers by, and inside signed up new readers like anything. All the rooms were busy, none less than the computer suite. If only they had CDs, it would be perfect, but there's nothing to beat having a library so close. There are more photos on Flickr.
Round the corner, we continue to put the finishing touches to the new LRC at my workplace, South Thames College. Will it all be ready in time?