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To: Phil Glanville, Mayor of Hackney

Save Hackney Library Services - stop the cuts!

Dear Mayor Glanville,

Hackney's libraries are a vital and much-loved public asset. In an area of extreme inequality, libraries offer our citizens knowledge, empowerment and community.

But our libraries service isn't just the buildings and books & materials they house - it's run by caring and dedicated staff. It's our staff that make sure the libraries open on time, run the events and offer help to those in need. Put simply, Hackney's libraries are great because we have great staff.

This is now at risk with plans to cut a significant number of libraries staff jobs. The result would be a reduced presence with less staff for users to interact with, riskier to effectively prevent or manage health & safety issues, and make temporary closures more likely in the event of staff shortages.

It's also especially unfair that the senior management team received an additional £50k funding only for that to be paid for by further staff cuts.

Despite your own commitment, these changes could make it unsustainable to run our libraries in the long-term and result in permanent closures.

We call on you to stop these plans, invest in the service using the Council's significant reserves, and protect our libraries for future generations.

Petition organised by Hackney UNISON Local Govt branch

Why is this important?

Help protect staff jobs and our libraries for current & future generations.

We need at least 750 signatures from people who work, live or study in Hackney to be considered by the full council at Hackney Town Hall in November!

How it will be delivered

Email and paper copies to Mayor Glanville

Hackney, London, UK

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2022-11-22 21:00:19 +0000

Well we smashed past 2,000 signatures - we're so very grateful to each and every one of you! Please keep those signatures coming in, every one makes our voice that much stronger

We need lots of you to join our demo tomorrow (Weds 23 Nov at 6pm at Hackney Town Hall), more info is at

Please also visit our campaign page -

2022-10-24 15:22:21 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2022-10-19 22:19:52 +0100

Cannot believe the support we've received so far - close to 900 signatures in under 2 weeks! We're ramping up the campaign and hitting the streets, handing out flyers and petitioning in person.

Please join our protest outside Hackney Town Hall on Mon 24 Oct from 5pm to lobby the Council's Cabinet meeting, we need as many of you there to show your support as possible!

2022-10-10 14:58:37 +0100

Join us at the protest on Weds 23 Nov before the next full Council meeting - more details at

2022-10-09 09:25:31 +0100

500 signatures reached

2022-10-06 18:43:17 +0100

100 signatures reached

2022-10-06 11:48:14 +0100

50 signatures in less than 12 hours! Please share this petition to others after signing, particularly to those living in Hackney

2022-10-06 11:41:03 +0100

50 signatures reached

2022-10-06 07:40:32 +0100

25 signatures reached

2022-10-05 23:41:15 +0100

10 signatures reached