Carnegie Library

Carnegie Herne Hill: Select Committee asked to investigate

Carol Boucher (former Chair) and Fred Taggart (former Hon Secretary)

 Carnegie Community Trust

Carnegie Community Trust Plans

Carnegie Community Trust is delighted to have been selected, on the basis the Business Plan, for a Community Hub and Enterprise Centre, as the Preferred Bidder for an asset transfer of the Carnegie building from Lambeth Council. Discussions have now commenced with the Council on the legal structure and financial arrangements for this transfer.

Our vision proposes the conservation and refurbishment of the building to restore it to its former glory and make it fit for purpose for the future.

Carnegie Asset Transfer Announced

Lambeth Council has announced the transfer of Carnegie Library to the "Carnegie Community Trust" (CCT), a small group of 5 trustees which Lambeth originally initiated in 2012. The CCT's plans for the library have not been published or discussed with the community. In contrast, the other bidder, the CLA (Carnegie Library Association), has published its plans to re-establish the library and community facilities, has engaged widely with the community, and has an elected and diverse board, which includes representatives of library user groups.

Carnegie Library - 1 year anniversary since the closure

It's one year since the Carnegie Library was closed and occupiers moved in to begin the campaign to save it.  A year on, the campaigners remain energised and focused on fighting for our local libaray, despite GLL having been granted planning permission to begin work on installing a gym on the premises.


Lambeth council has published extensive proposals to convert the Carnegie Library to a gym. These include:

Local meetings this week on the future of the Carnegie

The Trustees of Carnegie Community Trust (CCT) welcome the Friends of the Library's arranging of two public meetings this week.  They are:


Do GLL even have a plan for Carnegie Library?

When Lambeth closed our library, in April, they handed it over to GLL to develop. Despite promises from Councillor Jim Dickson that "any time required for the closure of the library for improvements\changes to the building will be kept to a minimum", the building is now sitting idle. Even though it costs Lambeth more to keep it closed than to have it open.

If, like me, you want to know how Lambeth justifies this, you could try asking one of our councillors.

Jim Dickson's email is:

Petition in support of Rachel Heywood, Library defender

Lambeth Labour group have suspended Councillor Rachel Heywood for 6 months for speaking out against the closure of Carnegie and Minet libraries. Local residents have organised a petition in support of her.  

Please sign the petition to show your support and ask the Labour party to lift the suspension.

Lambeth Libraries March - 9th April 2016

On Saturday morning over 500 people rallied at the Carnegie while the protest occupation of the library came to a close.

Once the occupants left the library, they then headed a march past the Minet Library & Archives where a crowd awaited their arrival with cheers and ukelele music!

Carnegie UK Trust supports our plans for a Community Hub with library

We’re delighted that the Carnegie UK Trust supports our plans to take the Carnegie Library into community ownership and set up a community hub. The Carnegie UK Trust is a charitable foundation established in 1913 by Andrew Carnegie to continue his legacy.


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