5,000 signatures reached
To: Barnet Borough Council
No to Closure of Barnet Libraries
Do not close down or eradicate the functions and services of our public libraries in Barnet.
Why is this important?
The proposed savings of £2.85 million from the Library Services in Barnet threatens the existence of one of the last remaining community amenities we have left.
Three options have been put forward by the Council to make these savings; all three will see a reduction in the quality and quantity of service provision.
Option one will see the size of library cut in all but four libraries. This idea fails to understand that libraries are used for their space as well as their books; less places for pupils and students to study and read results in a reduction of the quality of service.
Option two will see the closure of Burnt Oak, Childs Hill, Mill Hill, East Finchley, Osidge and South Friern Libraries and a significant reduction of staffing levels at the remaining libraries. This option does not consider how the remaining libraries will cope with increased footfall owning to the closure of the other libraries, particularly around peak library times.
Option three is a mix of the two, with some libraries being handed over to community groups and reduced staffing elsewhere.
Libraries are the embodiment of social provision and community spirit. They are more than just books; they offer children's activities during term and holidays which are used by parents and nurseries. They offer access to the internet to those that don't have access. They provide space for people to read and study in peace that is not always possible in their homes. They are places to host community events, training and education. I use the library for my daughter; renting books but mainly for their toddler activities. My nursery also go there regularly.
Please sign this petition if you believe in the universal provision of literature, education and community services in Barnet. Say no to the erosion of this great social asset.
How it will be delivered
This petition will be handed to the Mayor of Barnet or the Leader of the Barnet Conservatives Group before the vote on the future of Barnet libraries.