LOCAL STUDIES & ARCHIVE CTRE
The Performance of Holborn Library
Holborn Library is the second largest library in Camden. Historically, although it is considerably smaller than the Swiss Cottage Central Library, it has performed some of the functions of a central library in the south of the borough. However, several decades of underinvestment have eroded its ability to carry out these tasks and its basic performance is now below that of several other libraries in the borough (see chart).
The chart shows the total number of issues from and the number of visitors to the five busiest libraries in Camden. The overall performance of Holborn Library appears to be the worst of this group. However, Holborn was the only library in the group with 41 opening hours per week (until 19/01/09). All other members of the group had 49 opening hours per week. Perhaps Holborn is not so much a failing library but rather a library manfully struggling to overcome its disadvantages.
A New Organisation to Represent Holborn Library Users
The organiser of the new group, Dr Kevin Corbett, says, the new
Holborn Library Users Group (HLUG) will act as a local voice for the users
Library services - ensuring local service provision.
Anyone interested in joining the new group should contact Kevin at [email protected]