Your local library is under threat: Save our library service

The Barnet Conservatives are planning to open a public consultation soon on changes to the local library service.  
 
In a recently published report they say that they will be undertaking "An evidence led review of the Library service to consider a new model of library services, utilising the latest technology to reduce overheads whilst maintaining a comprehensive network.” 
 
This may sound fairly innocent, but we have worked out from information they have already published that it is likely to mean a cut of £2.85m from the library service which only has a budget of around £4.8m - that's a cut of 60%!
 
With a cut of this size it's difficult to see how they can keep all 16 libraries open for the hours they are currently open. 
 
If you love your local library help us take your views to the council by signing our petition!


We the undersigned petition Barnet council to keep our local libraries open.

Libraries provide a place from which to borrow books, to get access to free information and ICT, they provide community space for social activities, reading groups, early years services for young mums and toddlers, they help prevent the social isolation of older people, support children’s literacy and learning development, provide study space for students, are a place for job-seekers to look and apply for work and improve their work based skills, and can be a base for entrepreneurs to create business support and development hubs.  They are the heart of local communities and need to be supported.

Goal: 232 signatures

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signed 2015-03-28 17:22:12 +0000
signed 2015-03-28 10:58:14 +0000
Add my wife, Mrs. Mercedes Easter, an active and regular user,
signed 2015-03-27 17:04:58 +0000
signed 2015-03-27 16:01:15 +0000
signed via 2015-03-16 14:15:35 +0000
signed 2015-02-17 11:42:11 +0000
signed 2015-02-10 14:35:04 +0000
I feel very strongly that our libraries are a vital asset and should not be dismantled or reduced.
signed 2015-02-09 21:39:44 +0000
signed 2015-02-09 19:45:00 +0000
When my children were little, I used to take them to the library every week and we would take out up to ten children’s books at a time. If children’s books cost an average of £6.00 each, that is £60 a week that I would have had to spend to offer that range of books to my children, if not for the library. Libraries have been important to me throughout my life and they provide a civic space to be utilised by the whole community with many obvious benefits. How was it that we were able to afford libraries years ago when the country was much poorer? I would like to know why a rich country such as the UK finds it difficult to afford such important public amenities now.
signed 2015-02-07 10:28:47 +0000
signed 2015-02-05 21:40:59 +0000
signed 2015-01-13 21:24:22 +0000
signed 2015-01-12 11:09:13 +0000
Libraries are important to many people, including the Council who should use them to make contact with residents
signed 2015-01-07 06:59:11 +0000
signed 2015-01-02 17:36:43 +0000
signed 2014-12-23 16:30:51 +0000
Libraries are important for members of the whole community for many, important services and facilities.


Instead of targetting ordinary members of the community, especially the most vulnerable, why not get the £100 billion plus owing from tax evasion and tax avoidance? It is such a shame and also poor practice, to put it politely, to refuse to target wealthy individuals and companies while penalising the majority including the poorest, most disadvantaged in the society.
signed 2014-12-23 14:39:57 +0000
signed 2014-12-22 07:32:16 +0000
signed 2014-12-21 21:17:18 +0000
After Barnet then its Camden. So I titally support free access to libraries
signed 2014-12-21 15:55:13 +0000
signed 2014-12-21 15:04:56 +0000
signed 2014-12-21 11:47:23 +0000
signed 2014-12-21 11:42:01 +0000
A book derives a sense of well-being.
signed 2014-12-21 10:52:50 +0000
it is typical conservative policy anything like that benefits everyone must be done away with
signed 2014-12-20 23:28:42 +0000
signed 2014-12-20 18:01:24 +0000
signed 2014-12-20 17:02:17 +0000
signed 2014-12-06 19:51:02 +0000
signed 2014-12-02 09:14:16 +0000
Emma Weber
signed 2014-11-29 23:44:21 +0000
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