Islington’s library service is doing well, with more people joining, and borrowing more books than last year.
There’s certainly no shortage of library branches. They range from the Carnegie libraries including ‘points of the compass’ libraries (North, South and West) and Central library, to the post-war Finsbury Library (now also home to Islington Museum) and the award-winning new N4 library at Finsbury Park.
It was my love of libraries that first brought me to Islington, as a trainee librarian at the British Library and a postgrad student at what was then the Polytechnic of North London (now London Metropolitan University). So it’s great to see that some 20 years on, and despite all the talk of the death of the book, lslington’s libraries are still going strong.