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Friday 10 April 2015 12.42pm
THE BIG BORROW - This Saturday 11th April at Waterloo Library 2.30-5pm

Come to Waterloo Library and take out your 15 book allowance - we will empty the shelves and show we need our library!

Friends of Waterloo Library will have a stall for anyone wanting to sign the petition or help with the campaign to save the library from closure.
Friday 10 April 2015 12.48pm
So you're going to deny other library users the books they want and create a one-day spike in usage?

I can't see how that will help.
Monday 22 February 2016 11.23pm
I am absolutely shocked that this should be announced through SE1! The Council are currently publically stating that they are looking at an 'alternative' to their own proposals that would save all 10 Lambeth libraries including Waterloo. At the same time they are tendering an 'exciting' opportunity to occupy a closed Library for 2 years. I suspect it won't just be 'pop Brixton' opportunists who will be 'occupying' the Library should the Council try to close it.

If you want to join thousands of us who want to save the Library join the Demonstration on 5th March, 10.30am (meet Brixton Library) - if you want to help defend the library with any means necessary contact the campaign at
Wednesday 24 February 2016 5.25pm

According to the SE1 report the site isn't being redeveloped for 2 years, so I'm puzzled why Lambeth Council are presenting the Waterloo Library as 'meanwhile' opportunity during that time, rather than keeping the library open!

It's a great loss to the community.
Sunday 22 May 2016 4.47pm
Another news service has an update on this theme:

Council closed libraries to cut costs, then spent more to guard them

Security at closed libraries in Lambeth, south London, cost up to
three times as much as the price of keeping them open

Read the full article here.
Monday 27 June 2016 2.09pm
Plans? What plans?
Despite repeated requests, the council has never told us just what their four 'neighbourhood libraries' will offer to replace the well-used proper libraries they are closing.
Staff every day? For how long? Five minutes? Who will be there when there are no library staff? If you've ever put your nose inside a library you see the staff desk is constantly busy with people needing help. And, of course, staff must be on hand at all times - or unaccompanied children cannot be let in at all.
How many books? How many study spaces? What activities will be laid on?
Is it a good idea to replace a library right in the heart of Waterloo with one a distance away?
Above all - why did the council 'work hard' to ignore a viable plan from the head of libraries to keep all our 10 proper libraries, AND make all the savings demanded.
Why did they adopt instead a plan that has saved nothing at all, and is months behind schedule all over the borough??
Friday 22 July 2016 8.34am
Today's the last day of the Lower Marsh library, apparently.

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Friday 22 July 2016 10.53am
It's already closed. There's a protest from 3pm today.

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