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Squatters occupy Friern Barnet Library
Wednesday, 05 September 2012
Occupied: Friern Barnet Library
FOUR protesters broke into Friern Barnet Library in the early hours of Wednesday morning saying they want to reclaim the building as a community library.
The group told The Press they are part of a seven strong team which includes a librarian, students and artists who want to see the building in Friern Barnet Road brought back in to public use.
A man who said his name was Julien said: "We are members of the public, we are squatters, we are trying to do something for the community. We are talking now to the council, we are definitely going to open the library in Friern Barnet."
The 29-year-old said other members of the group had held similar protests before.
Friern Barnet Library closed on April 5 after a long campaign by local residents opposed to plans to merge the library with North Finchley library to create an arts library at artsdepot in Tally Ho Corner. On that day 16 members of the public staged a sit-in in protest to the closure.
On Wednesday afternoon council officers invited members of the group for a tour around Friary House, which the authority has previously offered as an alternative venue for a community-sponsored library.
Richard Cornelius, leader of the council, said: “We have been trying to encourage community libraries in the borough for some time. If this group would genuinely like to open one in Friary House half a mile away we would happily give them the book stock.
“We are currently supporting a very successful volunteer library in Hampstead Garden Suburb and have always been welcoming towards bids from local community groups.”
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Posted by : Rosie, Finchley | Saturday 08/Sep/2012 | Report this comment
WANT TO BE INVOLVED IN RE-OPENING FRIERN BARNET LIBRARY? MEETING IN FRIERN BARNET LIBRARY THIS MONDAY (10TH) AT 10AM WITH BARNET COUNCIL - ALL WELCOME.
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