Lambeth council want to hear your views on the library service – or so they claim. But rather than actually listening to our views on our library services they are hoping to push their ‘co-operative council’ idea which will see library staff being replaced with volunteers and private companies trying to make profit from our public libraries.
We are very worried about Lambeth council’s plans for our libraries – rather than focussing on professional library staff, books, and computers, which we believe are the most important services currently offered by libraries, the council seem to be more interested in Twitter, facebook, and replacing professional staff with volunteers. This is not how a high quality library service is delivered.
We can act to protect our libraries by telling Lambeth council that we want our libraries to be run by professional staff and that we value the services that we receive at our libraries – helpful staff, books, and computers, amongst many other things.
You can respond to Lambeth’s consultation by filling out the survey. There’s other ways to respond to picking up a form in your local library, emailing Lambeth council, and even sending a short text in support of our libraries. Come along to one of the consultation meetings to tell them in person that we value our library service as it is.
- Complete an online survey here
- Call 0800 013 1497
- Text 07772 103 628
- Email CooperativeLibraries@lambeth.gov.uk
- Write to: Freepost RSKJ-YSKA-AUSA, ACS Consultation, Phoenix House, 10 Wandsworth Road, London SW8 2LL
Do as many of these things as you can and please spread the word.
Your input really will make a difference. By putting forward OUR view of how our library services should be run, we can make it very difficult for Lambeth council to enforce their destructive plans.
We value our libraries and our library staff and the hard work that they do. Libraries play an incredibly important role in our communities and we will not allow the council to run down this vital public service.