Fill in the questionnaire to preserve the library

West library

Dear Boys and Girls,

Congratulations on the new library, because it isn’t just a library. It is a space ship that will take you to the farthest reaches of the Universe, a time machine that will take you to the far past and the far future, a teacher that knows more than any human being, a friend that will amuse you and console you—and most of all, a gateway, to a better and happier and more useful life.

Signed, ‘Isaac Asimov‘, 1971.

This was written in an effort to attract as many youngsters to the premises as possible. The original is posted on this excellent blog, Letters of Note.

Now Islington residents are being asked to fill in a questionnaire as part of a consultation on Islington libraries. Councils are closing libraries countrywide, at the moment, In order to save money. Thankfully, Islington Council has pledged not to close any libraries this year, but cost cutting will inevitably mean library closures or reduced library services at some point.

Islington Council will use the consultation to guide or justify decisions about which libraries/services will go. Therefore if we want to keep our libraries it is important that we each fill in this questionnaire to let our Council know how and when we use our libraries and how we see ourselves using them in the future.

Click here to fill in the form online, or pick up a hard copy from any library in Islington. The deadline for submission is 31 July. Allow around ten minutes to complete the form online; to move on through the questions click the ‘Next’ button at the bottom each page.

There will also be a public meeting  on 21 June at Finsbury Library at 7p.m. The map is below.