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.