Well, causes minor political infighting and gets hyperbolically labelled "librarygate". Whilst other boroughs are sexing up their libraries, Lambeth stands accused of inventing temporary book lending services in order to tick Audit Commission boxes on accessibility. Such creative machinations apparently intended to secure Lambeth Council's crown as "most improved local authority" in the period up to 31 March this year by hanging on to the measly one star their cultural services previously earned. Councillors claim the temporary 'hubs' in question were about encouraging voter registration not messing with book lending stats but the Liberal Democrat opposition is not missing the opportunity to speculate what other "stunts and wheezes" (sorry, is Boris Johnson in the room?) might be afoot.
Library Scandal Rocks Lambeth
Last Updated 02 October 2008