National recognition for our Library service
The Bookseller Industry Awards 2011 announced Hillingdon Council's library rebuild and refurbishment programme as the winner of the Library Innovation of the Year category.
Cllr Henry Higgins, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure, added: "In Hillingdon we are not closing our libraries, we're investing in them and we will continue to do so. Hillingdon understands the important role libraries play in the community and has taken radical and innovative steps to make sure they continue to stay that way while at the same time reducing running costs and increasing facilities. I am delighted that our hard work and passion for the service has been recognised by this award."
While most other local authorities in London have announced or are making cuts to the service, Hillingdon is bucking the trend both in London and across the UK by investing in a service that is well used and well loved by the residents of the borough.
Hillingdon's libraries announced record visitor numbers - more than 80,000 in some libraries - and book loans at the end of last year. The borough is now well over half way in rebuilding or refurbishing all of its libraries.
Another great example of your Hillingdon Conservatives putting the residents first and being awarded for this nationally.