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Feminist Library may be forced to close

Anne Critchley

The award-winning Feminist Library at St George's Circus has lost its funding and is considering closure.

A meeting to decide the future of the library will be held on Thursday 1 April following news that Southwark Council is unable to continue paying the rent. This help has enabled the library to continue for 15 years with dedicated volunteers.

The collection is housed in three rooms full of fiction and non-fiction work by women writers and thousands of political pamphlets.

People from all over the country use it for research as well as students from nearby South Bank University and local residents.

Anna Greening, volunteer and former archivist at the Fawcett Library, is deeply distressed at the possible closure with dispersal of books. "It will be thirty years of effort going right down the plughole" says Anna.

In 1995 the library won the Pandora Award for "a positive contribution to the status of women in publishing and related areas".

The Feminist Library was formerly housed in the women's centre in Hungerford Place on the Embankment.

• The public meeting is at the Feminist Library, 5 Westminster Bridge Road, on Thursday 1 April at 6pm.

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