Sep 13 2012 by Hannah Bewley, Harrow Observer
CLEARING Brent’s six shut-down libraries cost almost £35,000, with much of the stock and equipment being redistributed to remaining branches.
Preston, Kensal Rise, Cricklewood, Neasden, Tokyngton and Barham Park libraries were closed between October 14 last year and May 29.
A freedom of information response from Brent Council stated that the combined worth of the books, DVDs and CDs was not known.
However, the council spent £34,390 clearing the six libraries, which campaigners had fought to keep open.
The learning resources have been distributed across the six surviving libraries in the borough, after being stored at the Willesden Green Library Centre in High Road.
Computers which were taken from the libraries have been reallocated to the central IT department.
The councils response stated: All IT equipment within libraries belongs to the council central IT department. It was all returned to the IT department, which then used the computers within the council where required. Some of the computers were also put back in libraries where possible, to increase capacity for users.
The council says it has a detailed inventory of all the items removed from each library.
Ali Noman, customer service manager at Harlesden Library Plus, said: We have had a lot of new books and the ones from the old library. We have a system now where we can tell where books are popular and move them around. This has been useful in terms of creating space.