Last week, many fantastic librarians and library assistants left the library service due to service restructure and redundancies. The campaign would like to thank them for their years of dedicated service to our communities and wish them well in the future.
This week marks the transition of more Lewisham's libraries over to the community model, leaving only three libraries run by the Council.
There are still many uncertainties – after a year of planning by the Council. Users and Friends of Manor House note that opening hours have been significantly reduced and are still in the dark regarding its future.
"There was some confusion amongst users about what exactly was happening and what exactly they could expect and how they would manage their own services.
We have 2 e-mails on the hook with council staff, with no answers, and we all need to know who is now responsible for the building at the council, now that the library service has abandoned ship.
It was incumbent on that service, while still in charge, to have made clear what the future offer would be, in advance of abandonment. Instead the staff present on Saturday and Sunday were doing their best to fill the gaps by providing changes to official noticeboards, gates etc.
The Lewisham council website did not seem to have an advance message of these changes on its library pages. Even today the opening hours shown are the former hours."