Thanks to the pre-emptive strike by Rog T and all those who collected signatures and personed stalls against library closures, Barnet's Strategic Library Review in the end came up with only modest proposals for change.
However, they are still cutting £1.41 million from the libraries budget over the next three years. They'll say that, by clever reorganisation, they will be getting more for their money. Well, I'm all for clever reorganisation and getting value for money, but I'm not for closing libraries.
I'm glad to report that those whose libraries are still due for the chop, or for merging with another library a long way away from its original location, are putting up resistance. I understand there will be a demonstration outside Friern Barnet Library tomorrow, Saturday 7 May at 2pm, organised by residents opposed to the planned merger of the library with North Finchley library in a new location at the Arts Depot. Residents argue the Arts Depot is too far for many users to travel and, besides, they like their Friern Barnet library!
Please sign their petition on the Barnet council website.
Hampstead Garden Suburb residents are also putting up a fight against the closure of their small but valued Market Place library. Read more about it here. They too have a petition on the Barnet council website. Please sign it here.