St James St Library Campaign

Open-air library in the news
February 7, 2008, 8:26 pm
Filed under: libraries, press coverage

Drop in at The Londonist blog to see the latest coverage:

We’re also in Libraries forĀ  Life for Londoners.


WF Libraries in papers again, and Private Eye
December 10, 2007, 11:15 am
Filed under: campaigning, libraries, press coverage

Yet more coverage of the disastrous mismanagement of WF Libraries all over the local papers this week. The WF Guardian makes the link between destruction of thousands of books and falling local educational standards here , investigates those infamous fishtanks here
plus loads of letters to the Editor here , the front page of this week’s Yellow Advertiser here, .

The national’s are on the case, too. Following The Independent‘s coverage last week, angry comments about WF Libraries are even making the national papers’s letters page too. Finally, Private Eye (Clyde Loakes’s favourite reading matter, apparantly) has begun to pick up what is going on in WF Libraries – see this piece from the latest issue.

St James Library scandal hits national newspaper!
December 1, 2007, 6:43 pm
Filed under: campaigning, libraries, press coverage, walthamstow

Today’s national Independent (p55, in the editorial and comment section) carries the following story, about St James Library and Waltham Forest libraries, and how this shows up what is happening to libraries elsewhere – “We desecrate the nations libraries at our peril” . It’s great news that the national media is starting to pick up the tragedy of St James Library (as they call it, rather than St James St Library) and the outrageous culling of books within Waltham Forest libraries.

Wow…thanks to everyone’s messages of support, ideas and suggestions, which has given the St James Library Campaign the encouragement to campaign against what we always knew was a scandal of national proportions… please, keep it coming! (and don’t forget to come along on Sat 8th – fun for all the family!)

Council admits mass cull and destroying books
November 29, 2007, 11:05 am
Filed under: campaigning, libraries, press coverage

The scandal continues on p2 of the WF Guardian and all across the letters page and editorial. The journalist has done a great job of forcing answers out of the council that they weren’t prepared to give to us, despite months of trying.

Hope you will forgive the following little rant – I’m so angry! The Council, whilst pleading poverty, chucks loads of money at overpaid senior managers, expensive consultants, way over budget capital projects, and rubbish computer catalogue & security systems, whilst sacking experienced librarians. The result, not surprisingly, is that libraries are not properly managed, and book purchasing, shelf space, visits and book borrowing all drop sharply. But rather than working to improve this, the council then destroys all books (including valuable ones) that have not been borrowed in a while, and loses loads too. And because they’ve wasted so much money through their total lack of understanding of what libraries do, and don’t, need, they also end up closing libraries like St James St, and reducing staff and actual opening hours further borough-wide.

This is a matter of serious concern to other boroughs, too. If this scandal had occurred just a few months later, we probably wouldn’t have been able to uncover it. Thanks to the wisdom of central government, councils are no longer required to report on how many library books they have – only on things like ‘books borrowed as a proportion of book stock’ (so if you have fewer books, this ‘performance indicator’ will improve)…

You have to wonder if at this rate, there’ll be any books or librarians left in libraries at all, unless we take further action… watch this space! We still haven’t given up on getting St James St re-opened, either – come along on the Sat 8th and show support!

Were 250,000 library books BURNED?
November 22, 2007, 10:46 am
Filed under: campaigning, libraries, press coverage

Front page of today’s WF Guardian here

pressure mounting over library closure
November 20, 2007, 1:59 pm
Filed under: press coverage

Hi folks,

Just a quick link here and here to a couple of news stories that have appeared in the local press lately. We are stepping up the pressure on the Council following our meeting with the leader Clyde Loakes. If anyone has any good press or media contacts (local or national) , please let us know by emailing – thanks!

Questions over Head of Libraries appointment
September 21, 2007, 9:59 am
Filed under: campaigning, libraries, press coverage

Those of you who were at the West Walthamstow Community Council would have seen Clive Morton refuse to answer questions about the appointment of Lorna Lee as head of libraries, without having his lawyers present!