Two Enfield libraries closed today (Monday, May 9) to allow extensive refurbishments to begin.

Ponders End Library is being remodelled to allow Age UK Enfield to have its headquarters in part of the College Court building in High Street, Ponders End. 

The building will be closed until May 23 while work to upgrade facilities for the charity take place.

Enfield Highway Library will be also be closed until at least August 1, while a public health services department is put in.

The changes are part of plans by the council to raise money by allowing other businesses and organisations to share library space and pay part of the leases, after facing government cuts.

Enfield Council cabinet member for education, children’s services and protection Cllr Ayfer Orhan said: “We are committed to providing a first rate library service and despite significant spending cuts from central government we have found an innovative and effective way of providing a comprehensive library service which meets the needs of Enfield residents and means we have managed to retain more libraries than any other London borough.

“This approach means we are working in partnership with reputable and credible partners to bring vital community services that people rely on into our library buildings while retaining libraries in all of our neighbourhoods.”

She said library services are being provided by other centres and organisations, such as Southgate College and the Millfield Theatre, while work takes place.

The four biggest libraries – Enfield Town, Edmonton Green, Palmers Green and Ordnance Unity Library – will continue to provide regular library services along with community events. 

The other 13 Enfield libraries will be run by the council, but facilities will be shared with other organisations to help save money.