Kensal Rise campaigners near fundraising target

The Friends of Kensal Rise Library need to raise only another £10,000 before Friday (7th September) to help secure their bid to turn the building into a community-run library.

So far, the group has raised £59,909 out of a total of £70,000 that would see them able to back their proposals to lease the library from its owner, All Souls College, Oxford.

The public library was closed by the local authority, Brent Council, prompting the Friends group to try and keep it open as a community facility. However, All Souls has placed the library on the market open to all offers, meaning there may be other proposals on the table when the plans are submitted at the end of this week.

Figures such as author Paulo Coelho have pledged their support for the campaign, while actors including Tamsin Greig held a poetry evening to raise money towards the efforts.