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CPLUG Research Report No.3

Prepared by A. Templeton
12th June 1999

1. Introduction


Much of the information contained in this report has already appeared in other, restricted circulation documents. These were written in connection with CPLUG's defence of the Camden Library Service from the determined and continual assault of an influential section of Camden Council. It is believed that a wider circulation would help to promote a better understanding within Camden of the true state of the Library Service and, hopefully, aid future Council decision making.


2. Best Value Comparison Activity


The government's Best Value white paper has stated that "a rigorous comparative approach" is required in formulating a Best Value Strategy. The Camden Library Best Value Report, para. 2.3 implied that this has been met by the use of CIPFA** statistics. However, CIPFA has warned against such use. Specifically, page 5 of CIPFA Public Library Statistics 1997/98 Actuals ( the latest document of this type) states:


"Use of Statistics

Users of these statistics are advised to exercise caution when making comparisons between authorities, since there are many local factors which could render such comparisons invalid."


As convenient, unquestioning acceptance of CIPFA statistics has occurred, it is clear that the required rigorous approach has not been used in formulating the Camden Libraries Best Value Strategy. Further, it can be argued that, in failing to include within the Best Value Report any warning on the accuracy of the CIPFA statistics, the Council Officers seriously misled Council Members.


Whilst some Council Members on the Leisure and Community Services Committee have expressed suspicion of the statistics used within the Best Value Report, the vast majority of the overall Council accepted the statistics as accurate. Had they been aware of the CIPFA warning, it is very probable that many councillors would not have voted for the adoption of the Library Strategy proposed in February 1999..


As an illustration of just how flawed is the Camden uncritical use of CIPFA statistics, the assumption that the population of Camden is 189,700 has been investigated.


3. Camden's Daytime Population


The population figure used by CIPFA in their Library Statistics document is derived from the 1991 Census with an adjustment to bring it up to mid 1997. Part 2 of the 1991 Census Analysis states that the figure for residents which excludes students will be used in all subsequent analyses. Using the 1991 figures, inclusion of the student population will increase the total population of Camden by 2.2%. Thus the actual number of residents in mid 1997 should be approximately 193,873.


Of far greater importance is the total neglect by CIPFA of the large number of commuters who populate Camden for most of the time its libraries are open. Camden has a statutory obligation to provide library services for people who work in the borough as well as those who live in it. Therefore, any rigorous analysis of Camden's Library Service in the real world must include those services for commuters.


*ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ DCMS = Department of Culture, Media and Sport (the government department responsible for public libraries).

**ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ CIPFA = Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

Using the Focus on London 98 document compiled by the Government Statistical Service, the Government Office for London and the London Research Centre, the inner London borough daytime populations can be adjusted as follows:


ᅵᅵ Boroughᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ CIPFA 1997/98ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ Net Commuter ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ Total Daytime

ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵ Populationᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵ Populationᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵ ᅵPopulation

Camdenᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 189,700ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵ 127,100ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵ 316,800

Greenwichᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 213,600ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵ -15,800ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵ 197,800

Hackneyᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 191,700ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵ -19,100ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵ 172,600

ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ H'smith & Fulhamᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵ 156,900ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵ 15,500ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵ 172,400ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ

Islingtonᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 176,800ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 46,300ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵ 223,100

Ken. & Chelseaᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 164,000ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 29,800ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵ 193,800

Lambethᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 265,000ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 6,000ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵ 271,000

Lewishamᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 241,400ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵ -34,500ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵ 206,900

Southwarkᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 230,500ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 45,000ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵ 275,500

ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ Tower Hamlets ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ179,800ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 53,800ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵ 233,600

Wandsworthᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 265,500ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵ -27,200ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵ 238,300

ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵWestminsterᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵ212,300ᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ356,800ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵ ᅵᅵᅵ569,100


Not surprisingly, the effect of the commuter adjustment is most marked for the boroughs of Westminster and Camden. This, of course, will be reflected in the parameters used to judge the Library Service.



4. Cost of the Library Service


A persistent claim of the controlling political party in Camden and senior officers in the Leisure & Community Services Dept. has been that Camden spends significantly more than the average inner London borough on its Library Service. Using this claim as its justification, expenditure on the Service has been cut again and again since 1971 (ref. CPLUG Research Report No. 1). No mention is ever made of the Council's obligations to workers in the borough in calculating the inner London comparative costs. If Camden had acknowledged this duty, it would have found the comparison changed as follows:


Boroughᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ Net Cost of Library Service ᅵ / Head of Population

ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵ CIPFA Figureᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵ Commuter Adjusted

Camdenᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 27.91ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 16.71

Greenwichᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 18.63ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 20.12

Hackneyᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 22.71ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 25.22

H'smith & Fulhamᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 18.59ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 16.92

Islingtonᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 29.39ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 23.29

Ken. & Chelseaᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 27.71ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 23.45

Lambethᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 15.04ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 14.71

Lewishamᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 15.75ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 18.38

Southwarkᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 22.40ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 18.74

Tower Hamletsᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 14.67ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 11.29

Wandsworthᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 18.01ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 20.07

Westminsterᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 31.69ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 11.82

Averageᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 21.9ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 18.4


Camden (year 4 of Best V. Strategy)ᅵᅵᅵ 24.48ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 14.66


The dramatic change in Camden's ranking is obvious. It has changed from the third highest spender in inner London to the fourth lowest spender. A significantly higher than average expenditure has been transformed into an expenditure well below average. The effect of implementing the proposed Best Value Strategy is to reduce Camden's real world expenditure to a level even further below average.


5. Camden's Book Fund


It is usual to consider the provision of lending and reference books to be the prime activity of any public library. Therefore, the magnitude of the book fund is a critical parameter in determining the success or failure of a library service.


Boroughᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ Expenditure on Books ᅵ / Head of Population

ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵ CIPFA Figureᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ Commuter Adjusted

Camdenᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 2.03*ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 1.21

Greenwichᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 2.09ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 2.26

Hackneyᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 2.27ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 2.52

H'smith & Fulhamᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 1.46ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 1.33

Islingtonᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 2.34ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 1.85

Ken. & Chelseaᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 2.55ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 2.16

Lambethᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 1.03ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 1.01

Lewishamᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 2.00ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 2.33

Southwarkᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 2.92ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 2.44

Tower Hamletsᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 0.91ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 0.70

Wandsworthᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 2.08ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 2.32

Westminsterᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 4.28ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 1.60


* Camden's Best Value Report incorrectly claimed an expenditure of ᅵ3.02 / Head of Population. The detailed expenditure was: ref. books = ᅵ0.389, adult fiction = ᅵ0.511, adult non-fiction = ᅵ0.766 & children's books = ᅵ0.364 (all per head of the CIPFA defined population).


Camden has accepted that it has been underfunding the book budget. Its lowly ranking in the CIPFA book expenditure list confirms this. Adjustment for the commuter population simply transforms a poor performance into an extremely bad performance. The only positive thing that can be said for Camden is that it has not yet sunk to the depths of Tower Hamlets or Lambeth.



6. Camden's Library Buildings


The main element in the Camden Library Best Value Strategy is the reduction in the number of libraries within the borough. It is therefore important to obtain an accurate comparison with other inner London boroughs of the level of provision of this type of asset.


In its compilation of library statistics, CIPFA has used two methods of comparing the adequacy of library building provision. These are the size of the population served per library and the net public area floor space per head of population. The first measure provides an indication of the ease with which a library can be reached in a borough and the second gives a measure of the average quality of the those buildings with respect to crowding and, possibly, facilities.

ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵ Service Points*ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵ Population per Service Point

ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵ @ 31/03/98ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ CIPFA Figureᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵ Commuter Adjusted

Camdenᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 14ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 13,550ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 22,629

Greenwichᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 15ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 14,240ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 13,187ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ

Hackneyᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵ 9ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 21,300ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 19,178

H'smith & Fulhamᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵ 7ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 22,414ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 24,628

Islingtonᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 11ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 16,073ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 20,282

Ken. & Chelseaᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵ 7ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 23,429ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 27,693

Lambethᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 14ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 18,943ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 19,372

Lewishamᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 13ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 18,569ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 15,915

Southwarkᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 14ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 16,464ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 19,678

Tower Hamletsᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 14ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 12,843ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 16,686

Wandsworthᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 13ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 20,423ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 18,331

Westminsterᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 13ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 16,331ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 43,778

Averageᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 12ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 17,274ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 21,770


Camden ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 11ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 17,245ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 28,800

(year 4 of Best V. Strategy)


* Service Points include both library buildings and mobile libraries.


ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵNet Floor Space sq. m. per 1000 Population

ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵCIPFA Figureᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ Commuter Adjusted

Camdenᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 35ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 21

Greenwichᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ no dataᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ no data

Hackneyᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ no dataᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ no data

H'smith & Fulhamᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ no dataᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ no data

Islingtonᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 30ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 24

Ken. & Chelseaᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 39ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 33

Lambethᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ no dataᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ no data

Lewishamᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 23ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 27

Southwarkᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 16ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 13

Tower Hamletsᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 29ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 22

Wandsworthᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ no dataᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ no data

Westminsterᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 31ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 12

Averageᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 28ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 22


Camdenᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 33 *ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 20 *

(year 4 of Best V. Strategy)


*ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ In calculating the Library Net Floor Space after implementation of the Best Value Strategy, it has ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ been necessary to make assumptions on the size of the new libraries to be sited in Kilburn and ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ Kingsway College. The assumption made was that the only loss of space would be due to the ᅵᅵ closure of Belsize and Chalk Farm libraries. Thus the before / after space equation becomes:


Old Kilburn + Holborn + St. Pancras = New Kilburn + Kingsway


The two tables above reveal the strategy behind the Best Value Strategy. This appears to be to reduce Camden's libraries to the inner London average as defined by a careful interpretation of CIPFA data. The careful interpretation being that no adjustment should be made to take into account the actual statutory obligations on the Library Service. These real world responsibilities seem to have been discarded as inconvenient.


The assumption made for the calculation of the post Best Value Strategy floor space, i.e. no additional reduction beyond Belsize & Chalk Farm closures, is highly optimistic. If the Leisure & Community Services Dept. target is to reduce Camden's libraries to their version of the inner London average, another 950 sq. m. will be lost from the total floor space. This is equivalent to approximately three neighbourhood libraries. The real world provision of floor space would fall to 17 sq. m. per 1000 people, a further significant fall from the already below average level. Overcrowding is guaranteed and public safety may become an issue.



ᅵ7. Staff Levels


Yearly strikes by library staff give a clear signal that all is not well in this area. This does not augur well for the Library Service, as staff morale has been found to be an accurate indicator of the future success of an organisation.


Whilst management / staff relationships cannot be the direct concern of library users, the level of service that the staff is able to provide is a legitimate concern.


The following CIPFA statistics relate to a period prior to the implementation of a staff reduction policy.


Boroughᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵTotal Staff (fte)ᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ Staff in Post (fte) / 1000 Population

ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵ CIPFA Figureᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵ Commuter Adjusted

Camdenᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 157.5ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 0.83ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 0.50

Greenwichᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵ 87.4ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 0.41ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 0.443ᅵᅵ

Hackneyᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 118.5ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 0.62ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 0.689

H'smith & Fulhamᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵ 88.0ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 0.56ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 0.51

Islingtonᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 148.1ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 0.84ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 0.666

Ken. & Chelseaᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 135.5ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 0.83ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 0.702

Lambethᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵ 77.8ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 0.29ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 0.284

Lewishamᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 109.0ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 0.45ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 0.525

Southwarkᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 138.3ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 0.60ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 0.502

Tower Hamletsᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ94.4ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 0.53ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 0.408

Wandsworthᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 111.1ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 0.42ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 0.468

Westminsterᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 210.3ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 0.99ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 0.369

Averageᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 123.0ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 0.59ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 0.505


Camden ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 132.34ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 0.70ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 0.418 *

(year 4 of Best V. Strategy)


*ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ Establishment


The puzzling contradiction of the Leisure & Community Services Dept. claim that the Library Service is overstaffed and the fact that staff do seem to be working quite hard appears to have been explained. The data used by the Leisure & Community & Services Dept. is simply not applicable to the Camden situation without adjustment.

In seeking to reduce staff levels and costs, the library management has several options. It can:


Try to make the remaining members of staff work harder


Reduce the level of service provided


Improve working practices


Invest in labour saving equipment


It would be an unusually courageous management which announced that it intended to adopt either of the first two options. Often, these options are implemented, intentionally or accidentally, by an over optimistic assessment of the benefits derived from either or both of the last two options.


Undoubtedly, in this case it will be claimed that improvements in working practices will allow staff reductions without any deleterious effect. Camden's past history and the above analysis indicate that this is probably optimistic.


ᅵ8. Camden Library Central Support Costs


There is one performance measure in the 1997 / 98 CIPFA document where Camden has claimed the top position over all other inner London boroughs. It can proudly boast that it has the highest library central support costs of anywhere in inner London.


This situation is only slightly changed when the commuter adjustment is introduced. It falls to third place and is still found to spend well above average.


Boroughᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ Library Central Support Costs ᅵ / Head of Population

ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵ CIPFA Figureᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ Commuter Adjusted

Camdenᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 4.331ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 2.59

Greenwichᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 3.020ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 3.26

Hackneyᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 1.946ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 2.16

H'smith & Fulhamᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 1.746ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 1.59

Islingtonᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 3.176ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 2.52

Ken. & Chelseaᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 4.012ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 3.39

Lambethᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 2.080ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 2.03

Lewishamᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 0.944ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 1.10

Southwarkᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 2.026ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 1.89

Tower Hamletsᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ no dataᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ no data

Wandsworthᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 1.043ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 1.16

Westminsterᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 4.264ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 1.59

Averageᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 2.60ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ 2.12


Using Camden's preferred CIPFA statistics: if Camden reduced its library central support costs to the inner London average, a saving of ᅵ1.73 / resident would result. This would release ᅵ328,577 / year, at mid 1997 level, for use in direct service delivery. So, at 1999 levels, approximately ᅵ345,000 / year could be spent on improving the library service.


Using the adjusted figures, the release of funds for improved service would be smaller but still significant i.e. ᅵ157,000 / year at 1999 levels.


A cautious interpretation of the above calculations would be to regard the two sums of money as the extremes of the probable range of saving which would result from the Camden Library Service merely achieving an average efficiency. It is not unreasonable to expect the saving to reach ᅵ250,000. If Camden really became a Best Value Authority, far greater sums would be delivered for direct service to the community.


With the very restricted amount of data available, it is difficult to isolate the cause(s) of the poor efficiency which has been demonstrated above. However, the attached chart would suggest that the diversion of resources to the Leisure & Community Services Dept. Directorate contributes to this unfortunate situation. Only by detailed analysis of the department's finances can it be established exactly what has gone wrong.



9. Conclusions


Camden has accepted that its Library Service is failing.


The above data shows clearly that a large underestimate has been made of the actual magnitude of the tasks undertaken by the service. The resulting high degree of underfunding together with a grossly inefficient central management funding structure have been shown to be the prime causes of Camden's present problems.


The number of libraries within the system has been found to be no more than adequate for the real obligations which have to be met and the proposed reduction appears to be merely a mechanism to further accentuate the underfunding situation.


Councillors have been misled into believing that the data quoted in the Camden Libraries Best Value Report was accurate rather than something which must be treated with caution, especially in the case of Camden and Westminster.


The statement within the Best Value Report that "Officers have concluded that the consultation undertaken to date has provided all possible relevant information necessary to inform the review process and enable a reasonable conclusion to be reached on the steps to be taken to achieve Best Value in the library service" has been shown to be incorrect. This error has, unfortunately, led directly to a damaging confrontation between the Council and the community it serves.


There may be a case for suggesting to central government that the special situation in which Camden and Westminster find themselves, with respect to their responsibilities to commuters, warrants some extra financial aid.




After the analysis described in this report was completed, a paper written by a former Camden Director of Libraries and Arts came to hand. This paper covers many of the points raised in this report, suggesting that they were well known to Camden's library managers at that time. The paper was:


"How to spend ᅵ10 million without really trying: financial control and resource management." by Christine M. Wares. Presented at the 59th ASLIB Annual Conference at University of Sussex, 17-20 March 1987.


Camden Liesire Dept Overhead Expenditure Graph