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hazy
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Upper Norwood Library

Post by hazy »

Quick rant. I popped into Upper Norwood Library this afternoon, since I was in the area and needed a couple of books. Neither my Bromley nor my Lewisham Library Card were acceptable and I was unable to join as I did not have two official letters/bills to my current address and dated within the last three months. I did, however, have my driving licence card, passport, 2 other library cards, credit and bank cards, 72 loyalty cards and a cuddly toy. In the current climate of library closures, is it really sensible to make it so difficult to join a local library? Just saying.

bigbadwolf
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Re: Upper Norwood Library

Post by bigbadwolf »

It's a private library that's funded by a trust or charity (I'm not sure which) and thus falls outside of the authority of any council. This means they will require more than the usual assurances.

hazy
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Re: Upper Norwood Library

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It's jointly funded by Croydon & Southwark. Even if it wasn't it seem a little shortsighted making it so difficult to join esp in the current climate when they should (surely?) be encouraging the local community to use it as much as poss. & I had my driving licence AND passport. I'm assuming they only stock first editions. S'ok tho I'll stick with Sydenham.

bigbadwolf
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Re: Upper Norwood Library

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You're part right, it's funded by Croydon and Lambeth (not Southwark) councils; but it's not part of either borough's library service. It has its own policies and procedures and is managed by a Joint Committee of councillors (four from each borough).

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Re: Upper Norwood Library

Post by leenewham »

A taste of things to come. Welcome to the DIY Society.

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