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  • The Marcus Garvey Library in Tottenham, North East London, was officially reopened on July 13 as The Marcus Garvey Centre – Library and Customer Services, following a £2-million refurbishment.
  • The new-look library boasts a more spacious layout, modern furniture, more computers and 22,000 new books.
  • The foundation stone for the library was laid on August 7, 1987 by his son, Marcus Garvey Junior, at 1 Philip Lane, to commemorate the centenary of his birth.

The Marcus Garvey Library in Tottenham, North East London, was officially reopened on July 13 as The Marcus Garvey Centre – Library and Customer Services, following a £2-million refurbishment.

Acting Jamaican High Commissioner, Mrs. Diedre Mills, who was the special guest at the event, said she was pleased that at a time when similar institutions are facing closure, the library that bears the name of Jamaica’s first National Hero, has been improved and expanded.

“I am pleased, because the library has the name of a very special and important Jamaican. He charted a course that inspired many people of colour. He taught us how we can continue to uplift each other,” Mrs. Mills said.

The new-look library boasts a more spacious layout, modern furniture, more computers and 22,000 new books. Customer service facilities have been introduced on the second floor with an enquiry desk and payment machines for services.

There is also a brand new study area and a dedicated Afro-Caribbean and Marcus Garvey section, complete with many books on the Jamaican political leader.

The foundation stone for the library was laid on August 7, 1987 by his son, Marcus Garvey Junior, at 1 Philip Lane, to commemorate the centenary of his birth.