Camden Council closed Chalk Farm Library in April 2012, as part of widespread cuts. Thanks to a massive show of local support, both in terms of financial donations and of offers to volunteer time, the library was able to re-open as Primrose Hill Community Library (“PHCL”) in mid 2012. The Library has its own Board but ultimately sits Primrose Hill Community Community Association.
The library is open four days a week as a lending library (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday); on the other three days, it will be available for commercial hire/community events.
Their five guiding principles of the Library are:
- We will be a library
- We will be a community space
- We will be an inclusive space
- We will consult as widely as we can with the community
- We will develop, adapt and change in response to community feedback