The ribbon has been cut and glasses raised as the revamped Palmers Green Library re-opened.

With a multitude of new features on display, the library, in Broomfield Lane, was opened after undergoing a year’s refurbishment.

Interactive tables have been installed on each floor and a booklet tracing the history of Palmers Green Library has been published by the council’s local history unit, explaining how Palmers Green Library finally opened in September 1939.

The improvements come as part of the overhaul of libraries in the borough, with four ‘flagship’ libraries and 13 ‘community libraries’ opening.

Councillor Ayfer Orhan, Enfield council’s cabinet member for education, children’s services and libraries, said: “This library has been entirely transformed and people will be surprised and delighted when they see it.

“It is now a joyful place celebrating literature, learning, entertainment and the latest technology. It is designed for all ages and interests and forms part of our four flagship libraries across the borough: Ordnance Unity, Enfield Town, Palmers Green and Edmonton Green.”

All flagship libraries will be open seven days a week once refurbished.

Cllr Orhan added: “Set out on two floors, it has an inviting children's section; a teenage area; a community room; innovative technology including interactive tables, a gadget bar with internet access; electronic noticeboards and displays and a full range of materials and items to borrow.

“It is a valued facility where people of all ages can study, use computers, find books, read newspapers and magazines or use the meeting room in a bright welcoming environment.”

Those living nearby have welcomed the revamped library.

Stephanie Rudd, of Shapland Way, said: “We have desperately needed the library to return – I can’t wait to take my daughter there and see how much it has improved.”

The plans also included new affordable housing built in place of the old Southgate Town hall.

A new housing block has been built and the protected areas of the old building have been transformed into single bed flats for shared ownership.