Headington Library could close?

I see Oxfordshire County Council is proposing that Headington’s well-used library could close under spending proposals to cut and reorganise local government services.

http://www.oxfordprospect.co.uk/A-New-Future-For-Oxfordshire’s-libraries-.html  

http://www.oxfordprospect.co.uk/Youth-Service-Changes-in-Oxfordshire.html

 The question is what action are we locals prepared to take to prevent such closures. For instance do we take over the running of such services, if the Government is not prepared to provide the Council with the funds required to fund such services.

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3 thoughts on “Headington Library could close?

  1. My local library in Headington Oxford, is planned to close due to the cuts imposed by the condem govenment. Headington library has been the local library of such famous writers as C.S. Lewis and Tolkein and is the local library of Headington residents such as Brian Aldiss and Peter Hitchens.

    As a family we are regular users of this lovely library set in parkland, it is convient for shopping,walks, pub and church, the views from libary are lovely!

    Such action by the govenment, I find shocking. For us journalists having a public library proved vital in our work for researching, studying and leisure.

    As a regular user, Headington Library is one of the busiest local branch libraries in Oxfordshire. I am a regular user, so is my father, my neighbours etc.
    In fact my father has been since he been a regular user since he was a boy during the second world war.
    A local library is as vital to a local community as a pub, post office, docters etc.

    1. I suggest for many people in Headington, Headington Library is vital resource
      for the following reasons:
      • A vital information source
      • A place to study for both young and old
      • An internet cafe
      • A place to collect books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks
      • A place to socialise.

      For many of Headington’s residents, it is a good location to visit on the way
      to the shops. Closing it down will mean even fewer visits to any of Oxford’s
      Public Libraries. It will mean a two class library system operating in Oxford.
      The best that money can buy for Oxford’s Universities and virtual nothing for
      the rest of us.

      I suggest we set up a campaign to save Headington Library and the other
      libraries under threat.

  2. It would be interesting if implementation of the proposals as outlined by Oxfordshire County Council, breaches the provisions of the 1964 Public Libraries and Museums Act. In section 7.1 (1) of this Act it states: ‘It shall be the duty of every library authority to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service for all persons desiring to make use thereof’ http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1964/75 .
    No doubt many library users would be interested in a legal opinion about this issue.

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