Have your say on the future of Lambeth’s Libraries

Feb 07 2012

Have your say on the future of Lambeth’s Libraries

Public libraries are a vital service for disabled people. Following on from the Library Commission Lambeth Council is running a ‘Co-operative Libraries Consultation’ from Friday 27 January to Friday 20 April 2012.

You can give your views in various ways including completing an on-line survey, returning a survey by post or attending a public meeting. More information about the consultation is available at on the Council's consultation page

You can also ring 0800 013 1497 or email

The proposals which the Council is making arising from the Library Commission report are:

• Give greater control to communities around each existing library and co-produce
their future library service. This includes decisions on which location is the most
appropriate place from which to run an accessible and effective service given the
resources available. There is no presumption that any area with a library service will
lose it.

• Consider transferring library management and/or buildings to community led
organisations in each locality if consultation with local people shows that it is the
preferred option and if there is local capacity to take on such a commitment.

• Explore opportunities for partnership that secures inward investment in local library
services, including franchises.

• Modernise and invests in new technology, including introduction of Wi-Fi self service
technology, an enhanced e-book offer and improved online library services

• Introduce a new outreach model to help the most vulnerable in Lambeth’s
communities to access library services

• Seek to maintain a library service offer to address the need around the current
Upper Norwood Joint Library

• Endorse the Commission proposal that Streatham and Brixton will open seven days
a week and instruct officers to explore how increases can be made to the opening
hours currently planned for the new Library in Clapham

• Explore creation of a Library Access Package to be hosted in new or alternative
outlets across the Borough

• Remodel staffing structure and reduce management levels, shifting to a more
modern, customer service focussed model that helps build the community’s capacity
to participate in cooperative services and offers and access point to wider council
services

• Achieve further back office efficiencies, better and shared procurement