July 12, 2013
Battersea Power Station to be the new National Public Library
The English Arts Council will soon announce that Battersea Power Station is to be the new public library for the whole of England
Every other library will be sold off and all the books moved to the iconic building on London's South Bank
A new special free train shuttle will operate to the library from both Victoria Station and Clapham Junction.
The building will also become the headquarters of CILIP and be operated by the council of the Society of Chief Librarians who said "This is the ultimate central library"
The whole building will offer free Wi-Fi and house extensive open collections of books and newspapers.
The library will be open 24 hours every day of the year.
The new website is called - in remembrance of the famous Pink Floyd Album Cover - www.pigsmightfly.com
Posted by Perkins at July 12, 2013 6:27 PM
Just a minor factual correction, Perkins. You say 'all the books'. That should actually read 'both the books'.
Posted by: Amanda Field at July 13, 2013 8:26 AM
It is good to see ACE are taking their libraries development role seriously. The new Battersea library will mean that everybody in England will be within a 6 hour drive of the new library. Being open 24 hours a day (6 hours with paid staff and 18 hours with volunteers) will mean that drivers can readily avoid the congestion charge. From 2032 there will be a high speed rail link to Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester making the Battersea library even more accessible. Boris bikes will be available at Euston and at the new library to make for an easy transfer.
Posted by: libraryvolunteer at July 13, 2013 11:19 AM
Now I am going away to do my breakfast, afterward having my
breakfast coming again to read more news.
Posted by: website seo at July 13, 2013 12:55 PM
Perkins - you foolish cat - there is no roof --
Posted by: roger at July 13, 2013 1:39 PM
Thanks very nice blog!
Posted by: internet explorer at July 14, 2013 7:24 AM
Am I the only one to notice that this is (sort of) how the British Library already works? There is a mega site at St Pancras, with a secondary reading room at Boston Spa. Scotland and Wales have their own national libraries.
Scotland's is located in Edinburgh. Wales's is located in Aberystwyth - a place with only 16,000 people! Northern Ireland doesn't have one.
People who cannot get to the British Library can borrow from their collection via their local public library (often at a £15 charge). If there are no local public libraries, this system falls apart.
Posted by: The Only One? at July 15, 2013 12:53 PM
no - Mr Only One -- I know it too - there have often been calls for a library like this fantasy in London .
Of course - you know as well as I - that this is not how the British Library presents itself or operates . It is a wonderful institution but a public library on this scale would be wonderful too . There were days when we were ambitious for the library service and this is one of the dreams
But we need local libraries more than anything else. I have learned that over all the years. It is the small local library used particularly by families with small children, and by older people who dread long shopping expeditions, that is the heart of what the public library service does - well stocked and intelligently staffed
My suggestion of a library in Battersea Power Station is a mockery of the people who run government. They are so stupid, it is the kind of thing they would say. And I was just helping them make it sound plausible - to make them even more foolish
Posted by: perkins at July 15, 2013 6:42 PM
Thank you. I did 'get' the original joke. It's just that the situation is becoming nutty in London. The Tri-Borough 'experiment' is a disaster, with little of the foreign money coming into London being directed towards libraries.
Posted by: The Only One? at July 15, 2013 10:42 PM
It doesn't surprise me to see you write that 'The tri-borough experiment in London is a disaster' - I had views about its integrity from the outset - but please could you explain why you think that, too?
Posted by: perkins at July 16, 2013 9:37 AM