College Road Library is another that is under threat from Labour’s closure plans although it could survive if Crosby’s other library, in the Waterloo area of that community, gets Labour’s chop instead.
It is a beautiful building and is one of the Carnegie Libraries. The building is listed which is frankly no surprise as the photos below show; what a delight it is.
The day I visited a group of retired users were involved in a discussion about the old department stores of Liverpool. I listened to the discussion and then as the session drew to a close one of the participants asked about the planned library closures. This put the librarian, who was leading the discussion, in a difficult position and she said she really could not discuss the matter.
I had not said anything up until this point so told the group that I was a Sefton Councillor and would be happy to discuss the matter. A chat ensued particularly with an elderly lady who told me about her use of the College Road Library over many years – I have heard similar stories at other threatened libraries.
I was asked which party I represented and when I said Lib Dem there was clearly a realisation that we are the ones fighting for Sefton’s Libraries.