Kensal Rise is one of six libraries in the borough which the council aimed to close as part of a cost-cutting exercise. Local residents have fought the action all the way, describing it as 'unfair'. Campaigners went to the High Court in a bid to force the council to reverse its decision but were unsuccessful. Brent council weren't slow to act on last Thursday's ruling either; within hours the libraries were locked up and residents' pleas to be allowed to run the libraries on a voluntary basis were rebuffed.
The campaign has attracted a few famous faces – Zadie Smith, Philip Pullman and Alan Bennett have all pitched in, while Phil Jupitus of Never Mind The Buzzcocks fame will be appearing at a fundraising comedy event on Monday 17 October.