Today, Hounslow Council is celebrating 60 years of Heston Library by showcasing an online gallery of the changing appearance of the library over the years.
Published: Wednesday, 9th September 2020
The library issues over 35,000 books a year and allows a customer to take out up to 25 items, but also gives them access to a wide range of digital services which can be accessed online.
A library service has existed in Heston since 1926 and was originally located in Heston School as a part-time lending library. In 1932 the library moved into the old Heston Fire Station. This site was acquired by the Borough Council with the purpose of building swimming baths and a public library. A wooden structure was erected in 1933 and remained used as a public library until September 1960, when the new library was opened to the public.
Cllr Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Leisure Services,, said: “Happy 60th Birthday Heston Library! I am pleased to visit the library today to celebrate this milestone, albeit there is no cake due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Heston library has evolved through the years to meet the changing demands of residents, and has ensured it has remained strong pillar of our community. I would encourage you to view the gallery online which has some fantastic images from the past.
I would also like to say a huge thank you to the staff for the excellent work they have done with putting everything together.”
For more information about the local history of your area, please contact our Local Studies Team on 020 8583 5497. To view the online gallery please visit https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/info/20050/libraries/2215/heston_library_60th_anniversary
Heston Library is open Monday-Saturday 10am-3pm.