Petition to Cllr John Osman, Sue Crowley, Oliver Woodhams
Leave Our Library Alone
We are asking for three things: 1/ For our library to be left where it is at the heart of our town. 2/ For opening hours to be longer, in keeping with other opening hours in town. 3/ For automation to be used to support staff, not to cut their hours or jobs. Why? The three things we are campaigning for above each improve accessibility to the library for our community, in keeping with the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964. We need the library to stay visible and high profile in the centre of our community, so that it remains easily accessible to all. Reading is the cornerstone of most of our education and books need to be at the centre of our lives, not tucked away, out of sight behind trees. Smiling, helpful staff increase the library's accessibility by reaching out to visitors and giving them individual help. Extending rather than shortening library hours enables more people to visit. Which means the service is more viable and serves more people and is less at risk of being wound down because it looks like nobody is using it. Read more about this issue, here.
Petition to Cllr Chris Robbins, Cllr Sharon Waldron
Save Wood Street Library!
Wood Street Library, one of the largest public buildings in the borough, stands as a cornerstone of our community. Our library is well used by local residents of all ages, plus several local schools, to enjoy books and magazines, improve literacy and knowledge, get online, engage with community activities and make friends, and enhance health and wellbeing. In a diverse community, our library brings us together. It means so much to so many people. It is a vital local asset. The Council is consulting on plans to sell the building and move the library to premises two thirds smaller on the, as yet unbuilt, Marlowe Road Estate. This is at a time when the Council's own evidence shows the population of Waltham Forest is set to increase substantially over the next decade. We believe it makes no sense to provide smaller library space to a growing population. We are extremely concerned that the evidence used to support this consultation is flimsy and inaccurate and that the Council have failed to consider alternative options for our substantial community building. The choice residents are being given is stark: agree to the sell off or make use of a space which has been deemed unfit for purpose by the Council's own asset management team. We recognise the council have difficult budgetary decisions to make, but we know that selling our library is no solution. Once it is sold, it is gone forever. We strongly believe residents, local businesses and community groups deserve more options about how to improve the current site and make this incredible space into a library fit for the 21st Century. You can find out more about Waltham Forest Council's plans here: https://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/content/library-and-information-service-review If you believe Waltham Forest Council should halt their plans to sell Wood Street Library please sign our petition before it's too late.
Petition to Clare Coghill
We Love Higham Hill Library: Don't move it - Improve it!
Waltham Forest Council has plans to change community library provision in the Higham Hill area. The current Higham Hill Library building was designed and purpose-built as a library and has served generations of people in Higham Hill, Lloyd Park and Priory Court for 85 years. It has been allowed to run-down by the Council for a number of years, but remains a well-used and much-loved facility at the heart of its community. The Council’s preferred option is to close the current library, dispose of the building and sell the site to developers to build housing. It is proposed that the library service will then be moved to a multi-purpose hub in Priory Court Estate. The background to this situation and the Council’s proposal is available here: http://democracy.walthamforest.gov.uk/documents/s52735/Appendix%202b%20Higham%20Hill%20Business%20Case%201st%20July%202016.pdfThere are currently no details about the size or location of the proposed ‘hub’, or when this might be built. It is likely that any move out of the current building will result in a down-sizing and reduction of library facilities for residents in the Higham Hill / Lloyd Park / Priory Court area. Higham Hill Library is currently situated in the ideal location for residents in all of those areas, at the meeting point of William Morris and Higham Hill wards, within easy walking distance of Lloyd Park and Priory Court, on a much-used bus route, and close to several local primary schools, all of which use the library for various educational activities. It is a familiar landmark, part of the history of the area, and is welcoming and accessible to all. Whilst we acknowledge that the building is in need of renovation and modernisation we reject the Council report’s description of it as ‘dark and unwelcoming’. Anyone who has spent time in this library will know the opposite is true. We believe that with some imagination and determination the current building could be refurbished and redesigned to meet the needs of all modern library users. We believe that we should keep Higham Hill Library in its current building, and improve and extend the library service in this area. We therefore urge Waltham Forest Council officers to –• Provide further information and consult fully with local residents about the proposed plans• Work with local residents to keep Higham Hill Library in its current building, and to investigate ways of fully utilising the library’s services and facilities
Petition to University College London, UCL Provost
Call upon UCL to recognise and act upon lack of library study spaces
Already paying at least £9,000 a year, too many students are having to get to UCL as early as 8.45 am during exam time to secure a study space at the university library. Students have been studying on the floor, working through the night or temporarily moving in with friends closer to campus to arrive in time for a desk. Student numbers have risen from 19,365 to 39,473 in the past 10 years, while expansion of facilities have failed to increase in accordance. This leaves over 22 students per on-campus quiet study space, also affecting queues for toilets and UCL cafes. This provides an additional stress given the new 30 minute limit for time spent away from your desk. While additional study spaces are planned in the UCL East campus (to be opened in 2020/1), we believe that the current situation is unacceptable for a world-class university that UCL claims to be. We do appreciate that: -The Main Library, Science Library and Cruciform are now currently open 24 hours -Halima Begum, UCLU Education and Campaigns Officer has managed to secure an average of 503 study spaces per day, open 9am-9pm during the exam period -The National Student Survey is now being used as a justification for raising tuition fees even higher, leaving us with no option but to boycott it, so this has further limited our ability to raise these issues Primarily, we ask UCL to make better temporary use of available space around the university, such as teaching and conference rooms. In addition, we recognise that study spaces in libraries are the most useful and ask UCL to act on the augmentation of library provision, which may require building additional libraries. Fundamentally, we believe that if student numbers continue to increase at the current rate, it will only put further strain on existing facilities. We therefore call on the university to curb the growth in student numbers until sufficient facilities are available. The overcrowding isn't just a problem for students but staff as well, as expressed in this recently published Guardian article.
Petition to Vice Chancellor and Directorate of USW, Emma Adamson
Keep the USW library open 24/7
The USW is the largest university in Wales, yet would be the only university in the UK without a library open 24/7. With tuition fees being the highest to date, and predicted to increase, a decision has been made to limit student access to vital study materials and services. At present the library is open 24/7. Feedback from students indicates that the current provision is necessary for academic success. This decision has been confirmed in the South Wales Echo on the 28th of April on page 20 that the library will be stopping this service due to the cutbacks that are underway. We do not want this to happen. Please help us keep the current service that is provided by signing this petition.
Petition to Sir Peter Soulsby
Keep Rushey Mead Library and Recreational Centre open
We, the undersigned, petition To the City Mayor, Peter Soulsby and Leicester City Council to ensure that both Rushey Mead Library and the Rushey Mead Recreation Centre remain open and continue to provide services for the community. These two premises provide essential services for the Community. It is a lifeline for many people, men, women, the disabled, single mothers, elderly and vulnerable people, children, families and the Community. There are no other Council Community facilities in the area and so we demand that there are no cuts to the provision and that both of the buildings remain open and continue the service provision.(The Council has decided that the Library building should be closed and Library assets Transferred into the Rushey Mead Recreation Centre however this will adversely affect the quality of Library Services and Community Recreation services) Please sign the petition and give us your support.