Drop the reservation charge

A petition initiated by the Cambridge People's Assembly.

We, the undersigned, demand that Cambridgeshire County Council should abolish the library reservation charge introduced for adult borrowers on 13 June 2016 as an austerity measure.

Access to essential public library services should be equal for all, not dependent on the user's ability to pay. For us the ability to reserve the most popular books in our local libraries, or to reserve books held at another Cambridgeshire library for collection at ours, is one of those essential services.

The new £1 reservation charge is a particularly unfair burden on the poorer among us; on those of us who are exempt from other library charges because of disabilities which don't confine us to our homes (the only adult exemption to the new charge); and on those of us who live out of easy reach of the county's largest, urban libraries and rely on reservations to get the books we need.

For these reasons, we call on the County Council to reverse its policy and abolish the charge.

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    A society without good access to books is not civilised.
  • signed 2016-11-20 20:08:15 +0000
    This charge acts as a disincentive to borrow library books – particularly where a copy of a book is not available in a local/accessible library. At a time when the Council intends to drastically cut the budget for books, journals, newspapers, fewer copies of single titles will be purchased. The reservations system allows books to circulate around the whole region – however the charge will prevent many people from being able to place reservations to bring a copy of a book they wish to read to an accessible (local) library.

    Reduction in library opening hours and professionally trained staff has already damaged library services. The reservation charge is just another ruse to reduce the purely quantitative statistics the Council uses to assess library use. It uis time to use qualitative statistics and pay attention to numerous reports showing how libraries save the NHS and Council Social care thousands of pounds by providing a safe secure environment open to all on an equal footing, combating loneliness, social exclusion, illiteracy (and digital illiteracy) and lack of access to educational and learning resources.
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