Proposal to retain all 10 libraries has gone to Lambeth Council

14 Jan 2016 6:47 PM | Friends of Minet Library (Administrator)

Stop press: the detailed proposal to retain all ten Lambeth libraries has gone to the Council 

At the beginning of January Susanna Barnes, Head of Libraries, sent Lambeth Council officers her plan to maintain a full service at all ten Lambeth libraries while making all the savings required by the Council in the next four years, on a financially sound calculation. This would be achieved through a staff/community mutual trust, on a pattern developed in other parts of the country.

The background

The proposal was first put to Lambeth officers last April during the public consultation on the Council’s proposals for cultural services policy to 2020. It was not taken forward by Council officers who instead put forward their proposal for half of Lambeth’s libraries to become library service points with minimal book and computer provision and no staff, and with three of these to be centred on a gym. Their proposal – set out in the document Culture 2020 – was approved by the Council last October. However Council officers were forced – by popular pressure and the recommendations of  a Council committee – to offer an opportunity to the Libraries manager to develop her proposals.

The next steps

The mutual trust proposal is now on the table. Discussions between Ms Barnes and Council officers will take place in January.  As soon as the proposal is made public – we hope before the end of this month – we will email members a link to the document and post it on this website

The committee of the Friends of Minet Library fully supports Ms Barnes’ proposals. We hope you will too, once you've seen the details.


Support Minet Library

A survey of library users is being carried out this week. We would very much appreciate help from volunteers to gather responses. This would entail a couple of hours spent in the library asking people if they would fill in the questionnaire and answering any of their questions as they do so.  If you can help, please go along to Minet Library between 10am and 1pm.

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