Back in 1999, our not-for-profit organisation realised that by working together we could fight the challenges facing our libraries, such as; the repeated cuts in opening hours, staffing, and book stocks. In several boroughs, closures have left large areas devoid of library services – depleting both quality of life and cultural standards.

We are an alliance of library user groups and supporters, who believe that libraries are a significant force in combatting social exclusion.

We know that our strength lies not only in the words we stand by but also through the actions of our initiatives.

Our Mission

  • To provide a voice for library uses throughout London.

  • To encourage a London-wide network of library friends and user groups. 

  • To support those libraries threatened with closures or reductions in staff services.

  • To exchange experiences and information.

  • To monitor current trends in library provision.

  • To challenge and pressurise councillors and politicians in London to raise the priority of libraries in the election.

  • To campaign for public libraries to remain free and professionally staffed.