Nottingham People's Assembly recently ran a campaign to prevent the closure of Nottingham Central Library. the original plan, to sell the building and accommodate the library temporarily until a new site could be found, has been scrapped. The new proposal is to sell the Angel Row building and to use some of the proceeds to develop a brand new library building in the Broadmarsh development. We are encouraging all of our supporters to engage in the Council consultation.
We are of course still concerned about the possible disruption to services during the move, but the period of closure looks to be much shorter. The Angel Row building will be sold and the council have promised to invest £3 million in the new library.
We are asking all of the signatories to respond to the consultation and share it on social media. The points we feel need to be raised are:
- No loss of staff. The library staff make the library. They are hard working, kind, and knowledgable and our library wouldn't be what it is without them.
- No loss of services. Across the country libraries are becoming victims of austerity. the council should commit to maintaining the great library services we currently have.
- Minimal disruption to services. Any move to another building will mean inevitable interruption - but this should be minimised to ensure those who need to library for work, study or finding jobs do not suffer from extended lack of access.