To: City of London Culture, Heritage and Libraries Committee and Children and Community Services committee

Opening hours to suit the community at Artizan Street Library

Opening hours to suit the community at Artizan Street Library

We need opening hours at Artizan Street Library that work for our community.

We want the committee to work with the community to establish a new spread of opening hours, and ensure the needs of local school children, students, workers and other residents are put first in this decision.

We propose a spread of hours comprising at least 3 evenings per week, so the library may be a resource for a greater number and variety of people.

We propose that the library opens on Saturdays so that parents and children can visit at their leisure. The Barbican library is open Sat: 9.30am–4pm, that’s what we need in Portsoken.

Why is this important?

From Tuesday to Friday, the library closes at 4pm, and it doesn’t open at all at weekends. Many children and students in local schools finish too late to to use the services after school, and residents working 9-5 jobs do not have much opportunity to access the library at all.

The current opening hours seem only to serve the needs of the City workers coming into the area during the day, rather than the people living in the local community.

This issue has been raised in a recent customer survey, and a consultation into a new spread of opening hours is under way. We, the residents of the City of London, want to make sure that our voices are put front and centre on this issue, rather than the corporations and City workers, which is too often the case.

City of London, London

Reasons for signing

  • Libraries are a valuable community asset and the Artizan Street Library should be accessible to local residents when they need it most. Closing at 4pm on weekdays and all weekend fails the local community.
  • Library is one of the most precious places where to spend time.
  • To benefit the local residents and in particular a place for local children to study


2018-02-05 18:31:24 +0000

Good news! On the back of our petition which received over 100 signatures, the City of London today announced a review into opening hours at Artizan St Library in order to make the library more accessible to children, families & workers. Result!

Thanks to all who signed the petition and helped make this issue a hot topic.

Now we need your help with the next part. The City has said: We want to plan any changes around an understanding of the needs and preferences of our local community, so we would be grateful if everyone who currently uses Artizan St library could completes our survey.

You can do this by going to or by visiting the library during opening hours to fill out a paper copy. The Library will collect responses until 25th March. They will then publish their plans by 1st April.

Please make sure your voice is heard and take a moment to complete the survey. We need opening hours that work for our community. Many thanks!

2017-11-16 16:29:36 +0000

100 signatures reached

2017-10-31 23:39:24 +0000

50 signatures reached

2017-10-30 20:40:44 +0000

25 signatures reached

2017-10-30 19:16:38 +0000

10 signatures reached