Kilburn library saved

I’m pleased to be able to confirm that the very well-used Kilburn Library at the bottom of the High Road is not going to be closed by Camden council.

In fact, all of Camden’s libraries will be saved from closure, despite cuts to the council’s budget of close to £100m.

The news came on Friday as the council published the conclusions of its massive consultation on the future for the Borough’s libraries – just about the largest that it has ever run – and recommendations for a way forward for libraries, including innovative delivery solutions and eBooks.  The Cabinet will discuss these at its next meeting on 8 June.

Maryam, Thomas and Mike outside Kilburn Library

My fellow ward councillors, Thomas and Maryam, and I lobbied Tulip Siddiq, the Cabinet Member for Culture, hard to ensure that Kilburn library was saved.  We realise how well used it is by all the local community; not just as a lending library but as a space to do homework, use computers, find a job, access public services online and even come to see their local councillor at a surgery*.

As Thomas said: “I am delighted that we have been able to save our local library. It’s a key part of our community here in Kilburn and I think it’s fantastic that the local Labour administration has managed to find the savings necessary elsewhere to keep the libraries open.”

We really listened to local resident’s concerns about this, and everyone we spoke to, young and old alike, really values our local library. That’s why we’ve fought so hard to protect it. It’s fantastic that it will stay open for the local community in Kilburn.


*We hold one of our monthly surgeries, on the fourth Saturday of every month, at Kilburn Library, from 10:00 to 11:30 am.



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