Library Love-In… come along

On 29 March Barnet Council’s Cabinet meets to decide the fate of Barnet’s Libraries.

On 19 March, Barnet Alliance for Public Services, the Barnet Eye, Barnet UNISON and the East Finchley Library Users’ Group are inviting the residents of Barnet to take part in a Library Love-In.

We are inviting residents to show the Council how much they love their local library and what it means to them. They can do this by emulating recent protests in the Isle of Wight and Milton Keynes by taking out their full entitlement of books. The Council collects statistics on library visits and book issues and this will send a quantifiable measure of the love residents have for their library service.

They can also request and fill in a comments card during their visit where they can express their feelings further.

Additionally, between 2 and 4 p.m., on 19 March, stalls are being organised at East Finchley and East Barnet Libraries where residents will have a chance to sign the “Save Our Libraries” petition before it is finally presented to the Council.

They will also be able to add a line to the communal poem “Why I Love My Library”. Poet Fleur Adcock, OBE, who will be in attendance at East Finchley Library, has written the first line.

Junior residents will be invited to design a “Love Your Library” poster.

Residents who are unable to visit the stalls can still sign the petition online at