But wait... What happened next?
- On Saturday the 8th of September the squatters reopened the doors of the library & invited the community to start using it again.
- Within one month local people had donated over 5,000 books to the 'people's library'.
- The library has been open 48 hours a week, offering book lending, yoga, pilates, open mic events, French lessons, chemistry lessons and much more.
- The squatters - or caretakers as they more appropriately call themselves - managed to get some computers set up so people could use them to get online.
- The caretakers were inundated with messages of support & offers of help from the local people.
- On October 10th the council took the library caretakers to court in an attempt to get them evicted.
- The judge ruled that for an eviction to be legitimate there would have to be a full trial which he set for December offering the 'People's Library' a two month reprieve.
- Heartwarming pictures of joyous activists punching the air in jubilation appeared on facebook.
This story is ongoing, and I intend to watch it closely. You can read more about it and keep up to date on their website, and see the story of their court battle on the guradian website.
15/10/12 - UPDATE - At the same time as I was writing this blog, Mrs Angry, of Broken Barnet was writing this in depth breakdown of the current situation.
Below is a series of pictures I shot when I visited the place on the 14th of September.