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Lambeth campaigners adopt the Manifesto for Libraries

We were very pleased to hear that Lambeth library supporters recently adopted the Voices for the Library public libraries manifesto formulated in consultation with library supporters.

 

Alongside the manifesto they are encouraging Lambeth residents to ask their local politicians to support the manifesto and pledge that they agree to the following when standing for election in May 2014:

 

• A commitment to increase book stock to at least the average amount of books of other London authorities – Lambeth Libraries have only 50% of the average London borough book stock

• A commitment to increase staffing to at least the average amount of staff of other London authorities – Lambeth Libraries are proposing to reduce the staffing levels to the lowest in London

• A commitment to increase public IT access to at least the average amount of other London authorities – Lambeth Libraries have only 50% of the average London borough public IT provision

• A commitment to keep all nine public libraries open with no cuts to opening hours

 

For more information contact: Lambeth Manifesto for Libraries c/o Lambeth UNISON 6a Acre Lane SW2 5SG, lambethsaveourservices@gmail.com

Message of support from Manic Street Preachers

(Image c/o Erica Anderson on Flickr.)

Voices for the Library are proud to receive the following message via Nicky Wire’s mum, a proud supporter of public libraries.

The Manics song Design for Life with its opening lines of Libraries Gave Us Power is indeed a powerful message and it is good to know that it has inspired Voices for the Library at times when life has been difficult.

Nick has asked me to say how proud he is of the song and even after all these years to know it is an inspiration to all those voices who are fighting to save libraries all over the country means a great deal to the band who give their support wholeheartedly to your campaign. It is an important issue – thanks to all those souls who work so tirelessly to bring the closure programme of libraries into the public arena.

Best wishes to Voices for the Library from Nick, James and Sean. Stay beautiful.