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.