London Borough of Barnet

Petition to: RE-OPEN FRIERN BARNET LIBRARY

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We the undersigned petition Barnet Council to RE-OPEN FRIERN BARNET LIBRARY. More details

Petition update from the council, 06 August 2012, while petition was still open

Dear Petitioner,


Thank you for taking the time to sign a petition relating to Friern Barnet library.

No Council takes a decision to close a library lightly – I, like you, value Barnet’s libraries very highly and am proud of their vital contribution to literacy among our children.

Unfortunately, the current economic climate means that the Council has to save £46million across 3 years, and the library service has to take its share of this. Unlike some other councils, Barnet Council has chosen to make these savings as part of a clear strategy to improve our library service and make it fit for the future – reinvesting in improved facilities in which we can all be proud, and taking into account the needs of the whole borough.

Our strategy ensured that we are now putting literacy at the heart of everything we do, opening our libraries up for longer and ensuring that every primary school child becomes a library member.

When making this difficult decision, the Council did consider a wide range of options, including the potential to create a community library at Friary House: unfortunately no community group took up this offer or was able to submit a robust business proposal for any other premises.

In response to requests, the Council has opened an interim library at Tally Ho Corner, as we work hard to develop plans for a landmark library at artsdepot.

Although we have been asked to reopen the Friern Barnet library building, no one has come up with a robust alternative to the saving we need to make to meet the budget set for the service by full Council.

As a result, while I have considered the request made in the petition, I am unable to agree to reverse the decision made by the Council’s Cabinet in July 2011.

I am sorry that this is disappointing news for you.

Yours sincerely




Cllr Robert Rams
Cabinet Member for Customer Access and Partnerships

More details from petition creator

We the residents, students and workers of Friern Barnet, are petitioning Barnet Council to RE-OPEN our local library. Friern Barnet Library in its present place and shape is an integral part of community life in the surrounding area. We want a cheerful Local library. This is a chance for Barnet Council to show they ARE listening to local residents and reverse the bad feeling caused by the closure of this lovely library.

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