Neighbourhood Libraries – An Expensive Failure

As a late April Fool joke on April 3, Lambeth Labour’s website boasted: “Community groups endorse Labour’s approach to libraries” http://www.lambeth-labour.org.uk/community_groups_endorse_libraries Labour’s “approach” is to drastically cut the space, resources and staff at four of its 10 libraries – and call them “exciting neighbourhood libraries”.     This was to save money.       […]

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Report on Waterloo Oasis

Waterloo Library Report  Waterloo is currently the only library that vaguely resembles Lambeth’s “neighbourhood library” model. It is the worst performing library in the borough.  It’s a quarter of its former size, with a commensurate reduction in study space and stock, and no space for activities.  Staff attend only two hours a day and can […]

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Chaos at Carnegie

Almost 14 months since Carnegie and Minet libraries were pointlessly closed… what’s happening? Well, local people are never told anything, but here’s some pointers… 1. PLANS STILL IN CHAOS At the end of April the council press office told a Freedom of Information query about the libraries: “Specific agreements relating to particular local arrangements and […]

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First Anniversary of the Carnegie Occupation

250 local people turned out on April Fool’s Day to ridicule the crazy closure of the Carnegie Library in Herne Hill.  Banners and fancy dress made the point.  Speakers included comedian Jeremy Hardy and authors Stella Duffy OBE,Toby Litt and Barbara Ellis. But the loudest applause was for Rachel Heywood, the sole Labour councillor (out of Lambeth’s huge majority of […]

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