Many of you will be aware of the issues relating to the Carnegie Library and Lambeth’s plans to reconfigure their library services. Campaigners have been occupying the library for over a week and Lambeth is now taking steps to force the campaigners to vacate the library. More than 1000 people marched from the Carnegie and Minet libraries to Brixton on Saturday 9th April to protest against the library closure.

The following web sites and articles provide some background:

http://friendsofcarnegielibrary.org.uk
http://carnegiehernehill.org.uk
Follow @hernehillforum, #carnegieoccupation

Toby Litt in The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2016/apr/08/why-we-continue-our-fight-to-save-lambeth-carnegie-library

And what are Lambeth saying?

Lambeth news release 4th April 2016 - https://lambethnews.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/update-carnegie-library/

Series of tweets from Lambeth Council issued on 8th April 2016:
To be clear: We are NOT closing libraries – there are ten libraries in Lambeth now, and there will be ten libraries in the future. Overall, Lambeth libraries will be open longer and book stocks will be protected. We have committed to 2 new libraries in the coming years & have recently built a new Clapham library and refurbished Streatham & Brixton. Carnegie will reopen with a library service that will remain free and open to all. The new gym at Carnegie will be housed in the currently unused basement of the building. The rest of the building at Carnegie will provide at least as much community space as now, including a library service.

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