Advertisement

  1. ITV Report

Protesters occupying Carnegie Library face eviction today

The occupiers are out after 10 days in Carnegie library in Herne Hill. Photo: @KatieOakes/ITV London

Protesters who occupied Carnegie library have now left after 10 days inside building after Lambeth Council was granted an Interim Possession Order.

A spokesman for Lambeth council said,

It is important to reiterate that we are not closing libraries – there are ten libraries in Lambeth now, and there will be ten libraries in the future.Overall, Lambeth libraries will be open longer and book stocks will be protected. We are committed to building two new libraries in the coming years and recently built a new Clapham library and refurbished Streatham & Brixton libraries.

Carnegie will reopen with a library service that will remain free and open to all. The new gym will be housed in the currently unused basement of the building and the rest of the building will provide at least as much community space as now, including a library service.

– Lambeth council spokesman

Roads were closed as demonstrators gathered outside the library in Herne Hill to protest against its closure.

A march is being held from Carnegie library to Brixton via the already closed Minet library in Myatt's Fields.