Lambeth’s attempts to close Carnegie library at 6pm tonight have been thwarted by a peaceful occupation by campaigners who are opposed to the council’s crazed ‘book-ish gyms’ scheme.
A press release by the library campaigners explained the action:
Carnegie library users thwart Lambeth council closure plansLambeth council had planned to lock the doors of Carnegie Library to the public at 6.00.pm on Thursday night. Instead library users refused to leave and vowed to keep the library in the hands of the community.A spokesperson for the stay-in protesters said “This is not Lambeth Council’s library to close after 110 years, it belongs to the locality. We are staying here to publicise just what Lambeth’s Labour council is doing to our local libraries – ripping the heart out of them to turn them into unwanted gyms.”Protesters have already festooned the Carnegie library with posters and banners showing the community will resist shutting our library. The aim is to turn the user controlled Carnegie library into a beacon of resistance to library cuts and closures across Lambeth and the country.
Here’s some photos taken up to the announcement of the occupation at 6pm, when the 110-year old library was due to close for good.