Cabinet to decide on future running of libraries
February 9, 2012 by Rob Powell
GREENWICH Council’s Cabinet will decide next week whether to hand over the running of its libraries to an outside company.
Councillors are being asked to approve the transfer of control of libraries to Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL).
It is proposed that the running of libraries be added into an existing contract for the borough’s leisure centres that will last for 15 years.
A report by council officers says that GLL will maintain current opening hours as a minimum, update the computers, bring forward the roll out of wifi and increase activities for children by 50%.
The plan to give GLL control of the libraries has caused an angry response from Unison’s local branch secretary, Onay Kasab.
A meeting for library users to learn more abou the plans will be held at West Greenwich Library on Friday night between 7pm – 8pm.
GLL was formed as a not-for-profit organisation in the early 1990s to run the borough’s leisure centres and since then has taken over the running of leisure centres across the capital. Diana Edmonds, who used to be run libraries at Haringey council, was appointed by GLL last year to run their new libraries division.