On Monday 5 February, Merton council opened a brand-new library at the heart of collier’s wood to replace the former Donald library.

Not only is it very convenient and easy to access, as it’s just a minute’s walk from Colliers Wood underground station. But it also has lots of features that the public will enjoy and find very helpful. This includes a wide range of books for all ages, WIFI and free to use computers. There are also study areas, meeting spaces for hire which can be segmented into separate sections or made into one large area for hire, a café, children’s area and a living roof.

The design of the library has gone through many public consultation stages and residents will see the results of their input in the design and fittings. The Council has also been working with the Alzheimer’s Society to make the library dementia-friendly.

The library is available for use from Monday 5 February and there will be a special Community Open Day on Saturday 24 February from 11am-4pm where many special events will be taking place. Library users are encouraged to take photos of themselves enjoying the new library and tweeting their photo using #ColliersWoodLibrary Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for community and culture, Nick Draper, said: “This is an exciting new development for Colliers Wood with an iconic new library. Our award-winning library service has gone from strength to strength and this is a major chapter in our aim to make our libraries better and better. We are thrilled that residents will now benefit from increased space and improved resources from this beautiful new library which is open to all.”