Women's Library protests continue

Women's Library protests continue

Protestors hoping to prevent The Women's Library from moving from its East End home are planning another rally outside the building on Saturday (22nd September).

The action follows another protest outside a meeting of London Metropolitan University earlier this month, which attempted to persuade the institution not to sell the library to the only bidder, the London School of Economics.

Campaigners say the archive of women's history should remain in its purpose-built home in Old Castle Street E1, with a trained staff and open access for researchers.

The LSE has sought to reassure the campaigners about the future of the library. In a statement, a spokesman said: "LSE believes it is the ideal new home for TWL and so is bidding for the collection. The school's library houses a unique social science collection that is open to all who want to use it; bringing TWL into this environment would give it a much stronger and more viable future.

"We already encourage and welcome members of the public, as well as students and scholars, and would be pleased to cater for the wider range of readers and other users we would expect to receive if The Women's Library were to be located here."

The library was originally established in 1926 as a repository for documents and material relating to women's history in the UK. It moved to its current site in 2002.

Protestors will gather outside the Women's Library building from 4pm on Saturday.