Paul Lorber and the Friends of Barham Library

Barham Library at Wembley High Road
Photo Credit: Cristiana Ferrauti
inside the Barham Library
Photo Credit: Cristiana Ferrauti
Paul Lorber, Liberal Democrat leader at Brent Council, is director of the Friends of Barham Library  - charity trust for bringing back the community library.

The Crabbs House, in Barham Park, was the building hosting the local library. It opened in 1952 and has been active until October 2011, when Brent Council closed it as part of the Libraries Transformation Project.

During Saturday afternoon, Mr Lorber volunteers at the temporary shop premises at Wembley High Road. It is a library and second hand bookshop opened three times per week. In 2013, another volunteer library and community activities centre opened in Sudbury Town Underground Station.
During the National Library Day – held on the 7th of February – he told me the reasons behind their campaign still going on.

Interview with Paul Lorber

Recent events timeline

Photo Credit: Cristiana Ferrauti
2010 – Libraries Transformation Project is approved
2011 – Barham Park Library is closed along with other five libraries. The space within the building is under a converting operation that will make out 29 artist studios to rent.
2012 – Friends of Barham Library starts pop-up events, firstly at Barham School (for three months) and afterwards at 428 Wembley High Road.
2013 – the charity trust opens another library and second hand bookshop in Sudbury Town Underground Station.
In June, the Brent Civic Centre Library opens.
Photo Credit: Cristiana Ferrauti