A library which suffered substantial cuts to its funding has received a donation from a Crystal Palace based developer.

Upper Norwood Joint Library which was hit heavily by cuts from Croydon Council and had its opening hours reduced from five days to three days a week has been awarded with £1000 by Crystal Palace based developer Lightbox.

The money was given to the Upper Norwood Library Trust, a registered charity which is set to take over the governance of the library currently funded by Lambeth and Croydon councils.

The trust says it will appeal to parties to fund the restoration of opening hours to five days which it says was forced on by budget cuts.

Robert Gibson co-chair of the Upper Norwood Library Trust said: “We are very grateful not only for this very generous donation, but also for Lightbox letting us host fundraising events in its stylish Thicket redevelopment, and committing to continued support in the future.

"The local community, businesses and artists have all rallied round to support our much loved library. We will all be looking to all local politicians to acknowledge how important our library is as a key anchor of our social and economic community infrastructure.

"We will be seeking commitments from all parties to fund the restoration of  opening hours to five days a week rather than the current three-day a week, forced on the library by budget cuts.”