Sharpeshall St, London NW1
From the Chalk Farm Library Users'Group
Chalk Farm library was purpose built in 1961, the ground floor of a small local authority housing block. It is situated in a side turning off the local shopping area in Regents Park Road. Close to Primrose Hill and surrounding residential area, the library forms a very central role in the local community. Many under 5's use the airy and light separate children's area where extra mother and toddler events take place – always oversubscribed.
There are a number of sheltered housing blocks for the over 60's in the area. Many older people have mobility problems and find a little walk to their library the only outing they are able to make independently. Chalk farm Library holds many afternoon events suitable for older people, these are always well attended.
A small area of the library is set aside for the Primrose Hill Neighbourhood Help volunteers' advice desk. This service has been running for 10 years. They offer advice between 10am and 1pm on a Monday morning. They also offer a befriending service to older people who may be housebound.
At the rear of the library is a small paved garden that is maintained and sponsored by the "Knights of Rizal", a charity promoting the life, writings and philosophy of Jose Rizel the hero of the Philippines. Jose Rizal studied and lived just across from the library.
Although the library is only open for 24 hours each week it is well used and very much loved. To close Chalk Farm library would be to vandalise and destroy a thriving trans-age and multicultural community facility.