Friends of Highgate Library, Shepherds Hill, was born in May 2017 from the campaign to keep our Library open. With the hard work and support of library users and the local community, in September 2017 we succeeded in defeating Haringey Council’s idiotic plan to move the library into Jackson’s Lane Arts Centre and then sell off the library building and land.
Since then we have developed a plan to install a lift into the library so that there is disabled access to the first floor community rooms. Highgate Neighbourhood Forum (HNF), which receives funding from Haringey Council, has agreed that the lift for the library is a priority project so now we need to pursue this with the Council.
To all of those who over the last 18 months have signed our petition, donated time, energy and expertise, we at FOHLSH wanted to say a HUGE thank you – we did it and we are incredibly grateful that as of Dec 2018, our beautiful Highgate Library is safe and still being used as a public access library. The only local free community space in our area.
Now we have to keep the library safe, and open for all of us to enjoy for generations to come.
As such, we would love to reach out to you all and see whether you might like to join our Friends group. We have membership forms at Highgate Library, with suggested donations of £1 unwaged to £5. This will help us to pay for leaflets and events, such as our Summer Fair and recent Christmas Party. Or you can transfer to the FOHLSH bank account: sort code 23 05 80, bank account 26296927 – Christmas present perhaps?!?!?
We will be hosting a Spring Special Meeting in March where we will tell you more about the plans we are proposing to make the upstairs accessible to Disabled people and our on-going talks with Haringey Council.
We at FOHSL will do all that we can to maintain and support our wonderful local community space – we are keen to add your voices to our own and for any who might like to become Officers or Friends you can email us at: https://savehighgatelibrary.wordpress.com/contact/
Until then, wishing you all a Festive and bookish Christmas and New Year.
Chair of FOHLSH.