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‘Give me a return date for libraries’

One-man protest by Highbury resident who says many people in Islington rely on service for internet access

07 August, 2020 — By Sam Ferguson

Ciaran Flavin protesting outside Islington Town Hall

A ONE-MAN protest outside the Town Hall is calling on the council to accelerate the reopening of libraries in the borough.

Ciaran Flavin, 64, who lives in Highbury, told the Tribune he relies on libraries to access the internet, and called the delay in reopening them to the public “a very poor show indeed.”

He added: “A lot of people rely on being able to actually go inside the libraries. They were allowed to reopen from July 4, and I think it’s a disgrace that they haven’t done so.”

Mr Flavin was stood outside the council HQ with his protest message.

Currently, Central and Finsbury libraries are open for people to return items.

From Monday people can ‘click, call and collect’ books from Central, Finsbury and Archway libraries.

Also starting from next week computers and study space can be booked at Central Library, but others in the borough will remain closed to visitors for now.

A council spokesman said: “More libraries will be open for browsing and other services from the first of September. We know many people want to get back into our libraries – and we are really looking forward to welcoming them – but we need to make sure this can be done safely, which includes adapting our buildings and how we deliver our service.”

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