Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Call this a Library? Barnet's new ABC (Artsdepot Broom Cupboard)

This afternoon I paid a visit to the lovely new replacement for the Friern Barnet library at the Arts Depot. It was good to see some familiar faces; Keith Martin of the Save Friern Barnet Library Campaign and Phil Fletcher of Friends of the Earth were both in attendance. Sadly it is a small room tucked away on the fourth floor of the Arts Depot. You need to take the lift to the second floor and then cross the large atrium cafe area to another lift which takes you up to the fourth floor.

I am not an expert but I suspect it will be difficult to navigate for people who are visually impaired.

Sadly it is a small room with limited capacity.

I didn't notice any computer terminal but I may have missed them.
The plans for the new "Landmark Library" still haven't been drawn up so this replacement looks like it will be here for some time to come. This is not an adequate replacement for Friern Barnet and an insult to local residents.


  1. Awwww come on John, it's a bit like the peoples library without the crowds. It's rather sweet. It is not on the LBB library indexing system. Did you have to get permission to take pictures?

  2. Yes got permission to take pictures from the librarian so long as we did not take pictures of people. I would say the people's library probably had more books!

  3. yellow and blue24 April 2012 at 20:43

    Nice review, rubbish library.. Thanks for visiting it and letting us know what it's like, as we won't be able to get there!

  4. I think that sign is wrong John. It says Tally Ho Library. I was under the impression that it was only a Temporary Library Facility. If anyone is going and has a black marker pen with them you could correct the sign.

    And if that's a library I am a football team.