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The big borrow

Saturday 11 April 2.30pm

Waterloo Library

Lambeth Libraries are under threat! Come and join the campaign!

The Culture 2020 consultation proposes:

  • Half of Lambeth’s Libraries under threat of closure
  • Immediate sell-off of Minet and Waterloo Libraries
  • Funding stopped to Carnegie, Durning and Upper Norwood Libraries
  • Cut opening hours at remaining libraries
  • Reduce size of West Norwood and Brixton Libraries
  • Replace Libraries with bookshelves in pubs

Come to Waterloo Library and take out your full 15 book allowance, we plan to empty the shelves and show we need our libraries. You can sign up for a library card on the day, bring a proof of address (you do not need to live in Lambeth to join the library).

There will be storytelling and face painting for children, on the day.

What can I do to help?

  1. Download our Big Borrow poster (PDF)  (or in jpeg below) and stick it up at home/work/school/public noticeboards/shops to spread the word.
  2. Share this post on your facebook/twitter/email
  3. Come to the library on Saturday and withdraw your full allowance with all your friends and family!

Big Borrow V1

I love my library!Alongside Children’s Services supporters at Wednesday’s council lobby will be the Save Lambeth Libraries campaigners, lobbying the council not to axe Lambert’s Library Staff.

Libraries are undergoing both a consultation on the future of libraries and a staff restructure (why are these not part of same program Lambeth?!) and Lambeth’s library workers and librarians are opposed to the huge cuts proposed by the council – staff cuts, reduced opening hours, de-professionalisation of librarians, possible closures, “community trusts” (cuts with glossy image?) and more.

How can you help? 4 things to do this week!


As well as both mobile libraries being axed in the budget, Lambeth Council leader Steve Reed has told the South London Press this week that libraries that could go were those considered too expensive to run. They are

  • the Durning Library in Kennington Lane
  • Waterloo Library in Lower Marsh
  • Minet Library in Knatchbull Road, Brixton
  • Carnegie Library in Herne Hill Road, Herne Hill.

A consultation is to be launched in April to discuss the future of the borough’s libraries.

In the pointless budget consultation meetings finance councillor Paul McGlone said he thought a couple of years was enough to put all the libraries into a community trust as part of the Big Society “Cooperative Council” program so that then the community would own them. (Usually they announce that after the libraries consultation no eh?) Accept he seems to have forgotten that the community already owns libraries – that is why we have local councils and council tax.

Libraries are the absolute front line of communities, where else can children do their schoolwork, homeless people use the internet, people go and read and exchange ideas free of charge? Where can community groups meet for free – those same groups the council so desperately want to involve in their Co-operative Council?

Libraries are the closest local council service most people have, and they deliver a fantastic service on a tiny budget. What they need is more staff and more money, not a cuts program with a glossy Cameron style cover.