We are a group of Surrey residents that are committed to the public provision of professionally staffed libraries.
SLAM came together in June 2011 to form a broad coalition against Surrey County Council’s plans to force 10 libraries to become Community Partnered Libraries (i.e. run and staffed by volunteers only).
The 10 threatened libraries are:
- Ewell Court,
- New Haw,
- Virginia Water,
And despite SCC’s recent announcement that plans for a second tranche of CPLs has been abandoned, we keep a watching brief on developments, believing that the Council Leader, David Hodge, has given himself sufficient wriggle room to bring back the “second-tranche” plans next year.
We continue to campaign vigorously and unapologetically against SCC’s plans as we believe the volunteer model for running such an important public provision as the local library is unsustainable. Volunteer numbers tend to drop off over time and volunteering enterprises generally boil down to just a few committed members. We also note that a volunteering enterprise can be torn apart easily by such things as political infighting, personality differences and simply life-changing circumstances.
We believe that a professionally staffed library, with skilled and fully trained library staff, is the best model for the future of the Surrey library service. We also believe it is the most cost-effective way to run the service.
Please see our constitution below for further information.
Also see the Background link below for a variety of related documents and press reports from 2011
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