Return Cricklewood Library to the community that built it
  • Petitioning John Vickers, All Souls College, Oxford

This petition will be delivered to:

Warden
John Vickers, All Souls College, Oxford
Bursar
Tom Seaman, All Souls College, Oxford

Return Cricklewood Library to the community that built it

    1. Sally Long
    2. Petition by

      Sally Long

      London, United Kingdom

A library opens up a world of opportunities and brings communities together. Cricklewood Library was built by the community in 1929, to serve the community growing around it. This richly diverse community continues to grow, but the library was shut in October 2011. The popular pop-up facility continues with volunteers providing books to readers, and is much used by locals. Follow us on fb http://on.fb.me/RhlMHg for news.

The Friends of Cricklewood Library is working to save it for the community, to continue encouraging literacy, lifelong learning and research, by establishing, a mixed-use building, including a community and children’s library. In order to do this we are asking All Souls to return the building to the community. It can be the Serapeum to your Alexandria. 

The returning of Cricklewood Library to the community, will enable the community to continue to honour the Fellows of the College while serving and promoting the educational purposes of All Souls.

 

"We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth" Lubbock 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Meeting our MP today

      Sally Long
      Petition Organizer

      We have had great support from Sarah Teather already, and we are going to talk through our business plan with her today, and to let her know about what local people are saying about the library. Our local Locality community organiser, Caroline, tells us that it is always on the list of what people want in the area. It is always worth people letting their local councillors, GLA member and MP know how they feel directly as well!

      Thanks for your support, and please, pass the word on to anyone who would like to sign the petition http://chn.ge/NryO4p, or support the bid via twitter #crklwdlibrary

    3. successful fundraising

      Sally Long
      Petition Organizer

      We spent Saturday selling books at the Cricklewood Silk Road Festival, raising almost £300 for the fighting fund, and speaking to people. The same subject kept coming up, 'Is it possible to save the library, isn't it too late?' The answer is yes, it is possible, with support and a good business case, which has already gone in to All Souls. The support is evident in the signatures on the paper petition, and online, and the request from a number of community groups to let them have a petition for their members to sign. Everybody we spoke to wants the library to remain for the community, and we heard many stories of what the library meant to families, going back at least 50 years.

      Sally

    4. business proposal being polished

      Sally Long
      Petition Organizer

      We are honing the details in our business proposal, which is due in by midday tomorrow!

    5. Reached 250 signatures
    6. We are still fighting

      Sally Long
      Petition Organizer

      The banners recently removed from the building, due to an anonymous comment that they were unsightly, are back up! It's our library and we claim it. As the banners were being put up we met two young men who had brought books before and were checking out new arrivals at the pop-up. They are looking forward to having the building back again.

    7. Reached 100 signatures
    8. Great start

      Sally Long
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to everyone who has signed so far

    9. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • James Goodrick LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      it is near me

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    • jUDITH mYERS LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      This is a community site given by All Souls College, Oxford and it is important as this site has been a library for so many years and of great benefit to the surrounding community why should profit take priority over community?

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    • Ryan Yoruk LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      Its a Local Library for all community

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    • David Bailey READING, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      Regardless of where I am located it is vitally important to the future of this country to invest in libraries so that people can easily access literature to inform, inspire and entertain.

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    • Buggsie Heath-Brown LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      As a resident of over 30 years I was very sorry to see this lovely library close. It would be great to see it thrive again possibly with extra facilities for the local area. I would love to think that having taken my daughter there many, many times as she grew up that I would be able to take my grandchildren. As I am now retired and have the time to read more it would be great to use the library and help to build up a meeting place for the community. Let's keep the building for its original purpose.

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