Community Hub project – the next chapter for Carnegie Library
In July 2012, following consultation, Lambeth Council's Cabinet discussed a report on how library buildings, and other Lambeth-owned buildings, could be used in different ways, and more efficiently, to benefit their local communities. The Council decided to proceed with the idea of ‘community hubs’. Our library was designated as a potential community hub.
The Carnegie Library Project Group (PG) was set up, both to progress local ambitions already set out in an earlier Vision statement, and in line with the Council's new strategy. The PG is working with Lambeth to explore new ways in which the Carnegie might be used by and for the community, while continuing to provide a library service.
The principal goal of the Project is an asset transfer of the building from the Council to a new charitable community trust that will manage it for the benefit of the community. However, there can be no transfer unless the community can produce a business plan showing that the building can generate enough solid income to meet both the annual running costs and a provision for future repairs and maintenance. With no endowment fund, this income must come from renting out some parts of the building. The remainder of the building will be available for library and other community activities.
To that end, the PG in 2013 commissioned an Options Appraisal of the entire site from architects Butler Hegarty. The Brief for this work is online. The Report is expected in another month or so (from April 2014) and will be made public as part of full consultation with local residents.
In addition the PG commissioned a Conservation Statement from conservation architect Kathryn Sather Associates. Their report dated March 2014 is online. It will inform the debate about options, and set parameters for work that may be done to the building.
Please get involved - respond to the consultation, have your say and take part. This lovely civic building will be for everyone in the neighbourhood.