An Oxford college has been accused of cultural vandalism after a pop-up library was allegedly destroyed and thousands of donated books left strewn in the street.
Well, if they were all copies of ’50 Shades Of Grey’, no harm done…
But what’s a ‘pop up library’ anyway?
The community hub, which included book shelves and a gazebo, was set up outside Kensal Rise Library two years ago after Brent council shut the library, and five others, to save money.
Volunteer Jodianne Chen Gramigni said: “The security men told me they were acting under instructions from property agents Cluttons and All Souls College Oxford to destroy the pop-up and put the books on the pavement.”
She added: “The children were in shock and wanted to know why their library was being taken down. It was cultural vandalism.”
Margaret Bailey, chairwoman of Friends of Kensal Rise Library, said: “We have learnt the lesson of the ruthlessness of those whose prime aim is to make profit.”
Boo! Hiss! Eeeeeeeeeeevil capitalist swine, robbing these good people of their…
In a statement, the college said: “On 31 January 2014 books which belonged to the pop-up library next to the Kensal Rise Library building were moved from the curtilage of the property onto the pavement. The books were put in containers and placed under tarpaulins alongside the other books belonging to the pop-up library.
“The pop-up library was never entitled to use the property belonging to the library building and Brent council wrote to the college in July 2013 saying that it was in breach of planning control. The college refrained from having the books moved until obliged to do so in order to secure vacant possession of the building.”
Sling yer hook, hippies! You’re just squatters.