Library lives on – but only just
Your review of Andy and Peter Holden’s Natural Selection exhibition (“Birds do it…”, New Review, last week) talks of the “former Newington Library” but the library still exists, housed in a metal container above a collection of takeaways rather than in the distinguished building purposebuilt for it 125 years ago.
Four years ago, a fire started in the neighbouring Cuming Museum and it and the library have been closed since. Southwark council said it would cost £40m to make safe and yet a private art academy did so for £30,000. In consultation, residents asked for a library – instead, they got this. Admirable as I’m sure the exhibition is, it is under the shadow of the wider gentrification of the Elephant. Did the council deliberately come up with an unworkable figure? It has a good record on libraries. Clarity would be welcome. Toby Brundin London SE17