Help London's libraries, campaign alliance tells mayor

<p>The London library campaign group alliance Libraries for Life for Londoners (LLL) has issued a new manifesto, calling for mayor Boris Johnson to intervene personally over the state of London&#39;s libraries. LLL said hands-on participation by the mayor was needed to deliver the improvements promised by the London Library Change Programme (LLCP).</p><p>Newly elected LLL chairman Tim Coates said: &quot;The London Library Change Programme was established in 2007, has spent over &pound;300,000 and changed precisely nothing.&nbsp; Improving libraries is not difficult and can fundamentally be addressed by increasing opening hours, improving book collections and creating attractive environments to read, work or study.&quot;</p><p>LLL&#39;s manifesto calls for councils to be set specific targets for improvements, and for library budgets to be reviewed to eliminate wastage. It also argues against library closures, saying: &quot;Savings will be tiny compared to the animosity generated among library users.&nbsp; Many library users are members of society that are often marginalised &ndash; the elderly, the unemployed, single-parent families &ndash; and the negative impact on these people&rsquo;s lives following library closures will outweigh any cost reductions.&quot;</p>