A new library in Colliers Wood is near completion and is set to open in late January.

The library in the High Street will be arranged over three levels and visitors are set to benefit from more space given over to books, a coffee shop, community meeting rooms, special activity zones and a larger children’s area.

There is currently a temporary library at Merton Vision, Guardian Centre in Clarendon Road.

Councillor Nick Draper visited the development this week.

He said: “It is very exciting seeing the library take shape. Our winning libraries are going from strength to strength and have some of the highest usage and customer satisfaction of any library service nationally, whilst also being one of the most cost efficient.

“The council has worked in partnership with the developer to ensure library users have a brand new library. I would like to thank residents for their patience during the time when we have to close the temporary library to transfer the stock to our new building.

“Once the new Colliers Wood Library opens, they will see it was worth the wait.”

The temporary library will close on December 16 to allow staff time to transfer equipment and set up the new Colliers Wood Library.

Customers needing to renew loaned items during the interim should use the online service or one of Merton’s six other libraries.