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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 

Letter to
Warden John Vickers, All Souls College, Oxford
Bursar Tom Seaman, All Souls College, Oxford
I've just signed the following petition addressed to: All Souls College, Oxford.

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Return Cricklewood Library to the community that built it

Cricklewood Library was built by the community in 1929, to serve the community growing around it.
Shut in October 2011, despite protests by residents and ignoring a viable business proposal, Brent returned the library to All Souls College, who gave the land in 1928, for the use of the community. The borough now has a severely reduced library service, with residents in and around Cricklewood very poorly served, in particular children. Cricklewood Library continues, as a popular pop-up facility with volunteers providing books to readers, and is much used by locals.
The local community is working to save Cricklewood Library for the community, to continue encouraging literacy, lifelong learning and research, by establishing a self-funding, 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.
The college has started an open bidding process, which closes on 7th September 2012. All Souls has said that they ‘must act only for the benefit and furtherance of our charitable purposes, which are primarily to support education and research at the University of Oxford.’ As a charity, All Souls is able to transfer the freehold to another charity, the Friends of Cricklewood Library.
All Souls College, a world-renowned centre of learning, houses the Codrington Library, a much valued education resource. The college’s objects state that Its Fellows are committed to the interests of the college as a place of learning and to the promotion of the highest standards in scholarship, in education and in ways that may include service outside the University, in society generally. Cricklewood has a long association with the college, as the land on which the library stands is part of the original lands gifted to All Souls upon its founding in 1438 by Henry VI and the Archbishop of Canterbury. Anson Road, which leads to the library, bears the name of a distinguished Fellow of All Souls, as do all the roads leading off it. Cricklewood is a concrete testament to the memory of Fellows of All Souls from its founder, Henry Chichele, to Sir Christopher Wren, Sir William Anson, Lewis Sneyd, Sir Charles Oman, Albert Dicey and many more.
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.


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Sincerely,