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Big Borrow at Waterloo Library as closure consultation nears end

Hundreds of books have been borrowed from Waterloo Library as part of a protest against closure plans.

Big Borrow at Waterloo Library as closure consultation nears end
Waterloo Library on Friday before the 'Big Borrow'
Big Borrow at Waterloo Library as closure consultation nears end
During the 'Big Borrow' there was a queue for the self-service book issuing machines
Big Borrow at Waterloo Library as closure consultation nears end
Empty shelves after the 'Big Borrow'

As soon as the library in Lower Marsh opened on Saturday afternoon there was a queue from the issuing desk back to the front door as residents each borrowed their full quota of 15 books.

Others queued at the self-service machines.

Meanwhile books were piled outside on the pavement as protesters shared plans to maintain pressure on Lambeth Council as the consultation period on proposals to shut the library nears its end.

The Friends of Lambeth Libraries is campaigning to keep all the borough's ten libraries open and staffed by professional salaried librarians.

Lambeth Council is consulting on a plan to close both Minet Library and Waterloo Library and recruit volunteers to run the Carnegie, Durning and Upper Norwood Libraries.

Lambeth's 'Culture 2020' consultation runs until Friday 24 April
- details at www.lambeth.gov.uk/culture2020consultation

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