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Lambeth's revised plans for the Minet Library & Archives means we still need your support

13 Oct 2015 1:55 PM | Minet Hub (Administrator)

REVISED PLANS FOR MINET LIBRARY & ARCHIVES WILL SEE MOST OF THE LIBRARY SERVICE LOST, TO BE REPLACED BY GYM FACILITIES



At the begining of October LB Lambeth released its Culture 2020 report outlining its plans for cultural provisions in the Borough.  Included in the report were its plans for Minet Library & Archives. However, despite receiving our comprehensive business plan detailing a proposal that would bring in new facilities and services, involve refurbishment and reconfiguration of the current building to expand local use and benefit, and an income generation strategy to ensure the long-term stability of the Library & Archives services Lambeth have rejected our suggestions and have instead proposed handing over the future of the Minet Library & Archives to Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL).  


With an annual turnover of £13.3 million GLL is a non-for Profit Company established in 1993. Responsible for a portfolio of 145 facilities GLL has contracts in over 30 local authorities and other organisations.


Whilst we would not question the abilities of GLL, we believe our vision for the Minet Library & Archives is credible and viable and should be taken forward. The original proposal to close and sell the Minet Library & Archives has changed, but there remains very little difference in the outcome of the revised proposal, in effect we still look set to loose our library.


We are again calling on your support to ensure we have a Library Service that has been led and designed by people from within our neighbourhood. For this to happen we need to make Lambeth Councillors and Officers aware of our views in order that they reconsider the plans to give management of Minet Library & Archives to GLL.


To help ‘Save the Minet Library & Archives’ you can


  • Attend the Meeting on Monday 19th October 7 – 8pm at the Minet Library
  • Sign the Save Lambeth Libraries petition
  • Write to our Councillors (Paul Gadsby, Jackie Dyer, Jane Edbrooke)
  • Tell other local people to support the campaign


Thank you for your support






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