There were more than 1 million visits to Lambeth libraries last year and in March, Jo Brand was a guest at the opening of the refurbished Streatham Library and community centre. Libraries are special places where anyone and everyone can feel safe, be inspired and learn. But they have to be about more than books and buildings …
As part of the Cultural Services by 2020 consultation we’re proposing to sell Waterloo and Minet libraries and use the money to help create a £10 million endowment fund to support literacy and love of reading. This would mean five town centre libraries and four community libraries across the borough with the money to look after them.
Following the success of the book borrowing scheme at The Railway pub in Streatham Vale, we’d like to see similar schemes in community spaces around Tulse Hill and Vassall, these could be GP surgeries, leisure centres or train stations.
Should libraries be open longer and could space be rented out to bring in valuable income? Is there enough WiFi and digital access? Would you volunteer? Join the consultation at www.lambeth.gov.uk/culture2020consultation
You can read about some of our inspiring spaces below but let us know your experiences and suggestions too by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Refurbished Streatham Library opens March 2014
Jo Brand cuts the ribbon to open the refurbished Streatham Tate Library in March 2014. The £1.4 million project includes a new community hall to the rear of the library which can be hired for exhibitions, meetings, plays, clubs and classes and upstairs offices are now available for local businesses.
Community library in the Greyhound Pub
Streatham Vale residents take the lead setting up a community library in The Tearooms at the back of the Railway Public House.
Want to know more?
- Send us your experiences, reviews or suggestions to email@example.com
- Read the blog by Cllr Jane Edbrooke – Cabinet member for neighbourhoods
- Read the Cultural Services by 2020 consultation booklet
- Visit the consultation pages and complete a questionnaire
- Back to the Culture2020 page
- Visit Let’s get active
- Visit The arts
- Visit The great outdoors
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