A letter supporting Carnegie Library occupiers

To Councillors Lib Peck, Jane Edbrooke, Mohammed Seedat and Jim Dickson,

We believe that libraries are vital for every community, and that every library needs trained librarians.

Despite passionate opposition, as represented by the current occupation of Carnegie Library, Lambeth Council has closed both the Carnegie and Minet libraries, is closing Waterloo library and removing the staff from Upper Norwood Joint Library.

Lambeth Council say both buildings will re-open ‘sometime’ in 2017 with membership gyms and bookshelves, but no trained librarians. There are already three gyms within 10 minutes' walk of the Carnegie.

Yes, local governments are facing difficult choices given the large cuts enforced by central government, but closing libraries hurts the youngest and oldest, the weakest and most vulnerable.

We support those occupying Carnegie Library and, with them, call on Lambeth Council to:

1.     Scrap their plans for closures and healthy living centres

2.     Keep all 10 Lambeth libraries fully open with professional library staff

3.     Collaborate with the librarians and all the Friends groups to find ways to secure the future of Lambeth libraries

We realise that there may have to be changes in the way that libraries are staffed and run. Many of these changes are ones the Carnegie and Minet librarians have already put into place.

The Carnegie library has endured for 110 years - why should we be the generation that fails to pass it on?

Signed by,

1.    A M Dassu
2.    A.L. Kennedy
3.    Adam Mars-Jones
4.    Adam Roberts
5.    Adele Parks
6.    Alan Gibbons
7.    Alex Land
8.    Alex Marwood
9.    Alex Pheby
10.    Alex Preston
11.    Alex Wheatle
12.    Alexander Gordon Smith
13.    Ali Smith
14.    Amanda Lees
15.    An Vrombaut
16.    Andrew Fusek Peters
17.    Andrew O’Hagan
18.    Andrew Weale
19.    Angela Readman
20.    Anita Loughrey
21.    Anita Sethi
22.    Anna Bowles
23.    Anna Wilson
24.    Anne Rooney
25.    Annie Dalton
26.    Annie Fisher
27.    Anthony McGowan
28.    Antonia Honeywell
29.    Barbara Band
30.    Brian Gray
31.    Candy Gourlay
32.    Carol Drinkwater
33.    Cathy Brett
34.    Cathy Cassidy
35.    Charlotte Guillain
36.    Che Golden
37.    Chris Haughton
38.    Chris Mould
39.    Chris Priestley
40.    Chris Riddell
41.    Chrissie Gittins
42.    Claire Barker
43.    Cliff McNish
44.    Colin R Parsons
45.    Colm Toibin
46.    Courttia Newland
47.    Curtis Jobling
48.    Damien Jones
49.    Daniel Hahn
50.    Danny Pearson
51.    David Flusfeder
52.    David Lawrence Jones
53.    David Mitchell
54.    David Nicholls
55.    Debbie Edwards
56.    Debbie Jane Williams
57.    Debi Alper
58.    Denise Mina
59.    Di Toft
60.    Diana Beaumont
61.    Donald Nelson
62.    Eileen Wharton
63.    Emma Barnes
64.    Emma Pass
65.    Enid Richemont
66.    Eve Ainsworth
67.    Evie Wyld
68.    Fiona Dunbar
69.    Fiona Lumbers
70.    Fleur Hitchcock
71.    Francesca Simon
72.    Freya North
73.    Gary Northfield  
74.    Geoff Dyer
75.    George Saunders
76.    Gerard Woodward
77.    Gillian Slovo
78.    Harriet Goodwin  
79.    Hilary Freeman
80.    Hisham Matar
81.    Ian Billings
82.    Ian Rankin
83.    Ian Sansom
84.    India Knight
85.    Jackie Marchant
86.    Jake Arnott
87.    James Flint
88.    James Miller
89.    Jan Dean
90.    Jane Eccles
91.    Jane Harris
92.    Jane Travers
93.    Janet Foxley
94.    Jay Rayner
95.    Jeannie Waudby
96.    Jenn Ashworth
97.    Jenna Burtenshaw
98.    Jenny Eclair
99.    Jeremy Hardy
100.    Jeremy Page
101.    Jim Carrington
102.    Jo Cotterill
103.    Jo Franklin
104.    Joanna De Guia
105.    Johanna Boal
106.    John Dougherty
107.    Jonathan Mayhew
108.    Jools Bentley
109.    Julia Bell
110.    Julian Barnes
111.    Karen Laing
112.    Karen Langtree
113.    Karen Owen
114.    Karin Celestine  
115.    Karl Newson
116.    Kate Mosse
117.    Kate Pankhurst
118.    Kate Pullinger
119.    Katherine Langrish
120.    Keith Charters
121.    Keith Gray
122.    Keren David
123.    Kim Newman
124.    Lavinia Greenlaw
125.    Lawrence Norfolk
126.    Leslie Wilson
127.    Linda Grant
128.    Linda Sargent
129.    Linda Strachan
130.    Lisa Glass  
131.    Lorna Hussey
132.    Louisa Young
133.    Louise Tondeur
134.    Lucy Mangan
135.    Marina Warner
136.    Mark Billingham
137.    Mark Burgess
138.    Mary Hoffman
139.    Matt Thorne
140.    Matthew Sweet
141.    Maxim Jakubowski
142.    Meg Rosoff
143.    Michael Jecks
144.    Michael Rosen
145.    Michelle Harrison  
146.    Mike Jecks
147.    Mo O'Hara
148.    N M Browne
149.    Nadeem Aslam
150.    Naomi Wood
151.    Natalie Lamb
152.    Neil Gaiman
153.    Neil Griffiths
154.    Nettie Bowles
155.    Niall Griffiths
156.    Nick Hornby
157.    Nicky Matthews Browne
158.    Nicky Singer
159.    Nicola Morgan  
160.    Nikki Sheehan
161.    Pat Cadigan
162.    Pat Walsh
163.    Patrick Gale
164.    Paul Burston
165.    Paul D Voyce
166.    Paul Ewen
167.    Paul Stickland
168.    Paula Shapland
169.    Penny Dolan
170.    Pete Hobbs
171.    Philip Ardagh
172.    Philip Caveney
173.    Philip Earle
174.    Philip Hensher
175.    Philippa Francis
176.    Pip Jones yes
177.    Rachel Hamilton
178.     Rachel Rooney
179.    Rachel Seifert
180.    Rachel Ward
181.    Rikin Parekh
182.    Romesh Gunesekera
183.    Russell Celyn-Jones
184.    Ruth Fitzgerald
185.    Sally Doran
186.    Sally Grindley
187.    Sally Nicholls
188.    Samira Osman
189.    Sandi Toksvig
190.    Sarah Waters
191.    Sarah Webb
192.    Savita Kalhan
193.    Sharmila Chauhan
194.    Shelley Silas
195.    Siobhan Curham
196.    Sophie Kinsella
197.    Stella Duffy
198.    Stephen King
199.    Steve Brown
200.    Stewart Easton
201.    Stewart Ross
202.    Sue Eves
203.    Sue Hardy-Dawson
204.    Susan Price
205.    Tanya Landman
206.    Thomas Taylor
207.    Tibor Fischer
208.    Tim Collins
209.    Toby Litt
210.    Tommy Donbavand
211.    Tony White
212.    Tracy Alexander
213.    Val McDermid
214.    Valerie B. Dewhurst  
215.    Véronique Martin  
216.    Wendy O'Shea-Meddour
217.    Will Self
218.    Will Sutcliffe
219.    Xiaolu Guo
220.    Zizou Corder

(N.B. This Stephen King is not the author of The Shining, etc.)