Lambeth Council opens fake Carnegie library
Carnegie Library, Herne Hill, London. Thu 15 Feb 2018
I arrived early at the library, but some campaigners were already
outside and it was raining
The public were not going to be let in for another hour
'I Love Books'
Fortunately the rain soon stopped, but a low sun shining over the
library roof made photographs difficult
'Stop Eating Our Libraries'
'Libraries For the Many - Not Gyms For The Few'
'Hoot for the Library' and most passing motorists hooted - and were
greeted with cheers
Wendy is an indefatigable campaigner
'GLL (Greenwich Leisure Ltd) Kills Lambeth Libraries - £4 Million
Waster on Gyms' and the amount is rising
Lambeth Green Party - and Lambeth's only Green Party councillor Scott
Ainslie (right) were there to support the protest
The main hall is only a temporary library space - it is to become
a hireable space - but with very limited facilities
'Don't Steal Our Libraries'
The Metropolitan Borough of Lambeth asked Andrew Carnegie for money
to build a branch library for Herne Hill
and Tulse Hill in 1902. He did so after being assured that the borough
would properly maintain it for community use
48 architects were asked to provide designs and 25 responded, with
that by H Wakeford & Sons being accepted
The library opened in 1905. It's a fine building of its age and was
Grade II listed in 1981.
It was the first such library to be built with an open-access system,
where readers could go to the shelves themselves
to chose their books, rather than having to ask a librarian. Others
Lambeth first tried ot close the library in 1999; locals formed the
Friends of Carnegie Library and succeded in keeping it open
Laura Swaffield, chair of the Friends of Lambeth Libraries
Unison officials talk with a library manager (centre) who doesn't
want to let them carry out a safety check
the discussion continues with another library manager
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