In June 2011, Cabinet agreed proposals to reduce and rescope the library service. The following changes were agreed to take place from April 2012:
- working with community groups and organisations to explore alternative uses for Belsize, Chalk Farm and Heath libraries
- new arrangements for local studies and archives, with the service remaining in the borough
- the mobile library service has ceased running
- library opening hours have been reduced across all locations
- increases in library charges and a reduction in stock and staff.
Further changes to the library service are underway including working with the community and other organisations to share the space at Highgate library.
Regent's Park library will cease to be a public library.
Some of the most popular services offered by the library will be re-provided in partnership with other organisations locally.
To view the report and full proposals presented to Cabinet: download the report and full proposals presented to Cabinet
In June 2011, as part of the library savings programme, Cabinet agreed to reduce expenditure on Highgate library and that the Council would work with the community and other organisations to share the space in the library.
On 17 July 2012, a community meeting attended by more than 70 members of the public was held at Highgate Library. Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions on the future of Highgate Library, and make suggestions regarding how the space may be shared with other organisations in the community. Documents relating to this meeting are available below:
- download: Highgate shaping services meeting notes (PDF 42KB)
- download: Library summary budget (PDF 76KB)
- download: Highgate Library floor plan (PDF 96KB)
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Former children's library space
We are seeking expressions of interest from community based organisations to occupy premises known as the former children’s library to the rear of Highgate library at 52 Chester Road, London N19.
This is a really exciting opportunity to increase the availability of space for community use in Highgate in a prominent and much-loved building. We are particularly interested in innovative ideas which have the potential to increase footfall to the library itself, broaden its appeal and shape the future of this distinctive and important community asset.
This short term arrangement is for a lead organisation to be granted a licence to occupy the premises to carry out its own community based functions or hire out the space to other organisations or individuals for uses that benefit Camden residents.
Applicants who wish to be considered should submit an expression of interest by 6 March 2013.