This afternoon the Lambeth Library Commissioners visited the Durning Library in Kennington, as part of their minibus factfinding tour of the borough.
The Libraries Commission has been set up to find a way forward for Lambeth's library service. Low usage of Lambeth Libraries has resulted in the highest cost per visit, combined with the lowest levels of user satisfaction, of any London borough. Because of reductions in Government grant, savings of £750,000 in our library service need to be made by 2014.
The Commission includes library experts, two Friends of Lambeth Libraries, and three councillors.
The commissioners seemed impressed by Durning Library's attractive building, busyness, and friendly atmosphere. They noted some of the problems with leaks and other maintenance issues. Durning Library was opened in the 1880s, and is a much loved Kennington landmark.
You can find out more about the Libraries Commission here. Its interim report will be published in July.
You can become a Friend of the Durning Library by signing up at the Library.
Pictured: local councillor Mark Harrison shows commissioners Pete Robbins and Jackie Meldrum around the Durning.