Lambeth's latest plan for Minet Library: to turn it into a gym. Please help us stop this.

10 Oct 2015 3:46 PM | Friends of Minet Library (Administrator)


As many of you will know, the Friends of Minet Library, working as part of the Minet Hub developed a business plan setting out proposals for Minet Library, to counter a suggestion by Lambeth Council that they should sell the building and move the Archives.  Our business plan was submitted to Lambeth in April. 

Last Friday, we had early sight of the report that Councillor Jane Edbrooke has created about what should happen to Lambeth libraries.
You can see a copy of that report here. It will be discussed at the full Council meeting on Monday, 12th October which we understand will place at Dunraven School in Streatham. We will keep the Minet website updated with these details.

Their proposal for Minet Library is frankly very disappointing - it seems they want it to be run as a gym with a few books on the side.  They will move the Archives and there will be no library staff at Minet so no film club, reading groups or other valued events any longer.  If we lose the library, we loose a much loved public amenity so we must do everything we can to prevent this from happening. 


We would urge you all to tell our Councillors how you feel about this. Please send them your comments:;; and to, the architect of this absurd plan.


Please also come to a meeting at Minet Library on Monday 19th October, 7-8pm. and help us plan what we can do next to save the library.

You can also support the wider Save Lambeth Libraries campaign by:

  • Signing Save Lambeth Libraries petition 
  • Joining the demonstration: Monday 12th at 6.30pm outside the Council meeting at Dunraven School
  • Spreading the word to gather support for keeping libraries in Lambeth

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