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Feminist Library granted six-month reprieve by Southwark Council

Southwark Council has said that the Feminist Library - which was facing eviction from its Westminster Bridge Road premises - can stay rent-free for six months while it seeks a new home.

Representatives of the volunteer-run Feminist Library addressed Southwark's cabinet meeting on Tuesday after they handed over a 15,000-signature petition at last month's Council Assembly.

The library's collection of 7,000 books as well as journals and ephemera is housed at 5 Westminster Bridge Road, a building Southwark Council inherited when the Greater London Council was abolished three decades ago.

The council is now seeking to earn market rents from the building which was originally a resource centre for community organisations working with minority groups.

You can hear the full audio of the library's deputation to cabinet, as well as councillors' responses, below.

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