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A new home for Ealing’s online library services

Residents can access the borough’s online library services through the council website. You can now log on to www.ealing.gov.uk/libraries to complete all online library transactions, including renewing and ordering books.

This follows the decision to bring the borough’s library service back under direct control of the council, following the liquidation of the public services provider Carillion. This move will ensure continuity of service for library users and allow time for all the options for the future of the service to be reviewed and considered.

For some time the council has been closely monitoring the financial situation regarding Carillion and ensuring robust contingency plans were in place. Since Carillion entered liquidation we have ensured that the council’s libraries have remained open to provide continuous service for residents.

All current library staff will have individual meetings to ensure they make a smooth transition to the council.

Councillor Ranjit Dheer, deputy leader of the council said: “I know that library users, residents and staff have been very concerned about the recent events in relation to Carillion. The decision to bring the library service under direct control of the council will, I hope, allay those concerns and allow time for all options for the future delivery of a high quality library service to be considered.

“We are also seeking assurances from government on any funding that may be required to meet any increased costs in association with Carillion delivered services.”

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