Actor Sir Derek Jacobi has spoken out against library cuts.
“Libraries are very important,” he told the London Evening Standard, “they have certainly been important in my life.”
The actor said that it was his inspiring piano teacher who encouraged him to visit the library when he was six or seven, as there were no books in his home. He added: “I love the atmosphere of libraries too. I like the look, the smell, the texture of the books.” Jacobi criticised arts and libraries cuts as a “total mystery” and claimed that MPs “cannot understand” the arts and culture because “they don’t really see any need for them”.
To show his support of his local Belsize Community Library in Belsize Park, which had its council funding cut by Camden last year, he will be announcing the winning raffle tickets at its Christmas fair on Sunday (15th December).