The Women’s Library needs your help! London Metropolitan University’s Board of Governors have announced that they will be seeking a new home or sponsor for The Women’s Library by December 2012, or it will face a future of being shut for 6 days out of 7.
The Women's Library can only be described as a cultural centre, housing one of the greatest collections of women’s history in the world. It has captured changes in British women’s social and political history and tells stories of women who have marked and shaped society by campaigning, lobbying and fighting for female equality. It contains collections including books, pamphlets, periodicals, zines, artist books, audio-visuals, personal and organisational papers, objects, textiles and visual materials all relating to women’s history – from a prized first edition of Mary Wollstonecraft's 1792 'A Vindication of the Rights of Women' to suffrage banners and copies of Bridget Jones's Diary. A truly unique archive of feminism and women’s liberation.
Campaigns to save the library include the ‘Save the Women's Library’ campaign and online petition, which has so far attracted over 11, 000 signatures to education secretary Michael Gove, with a goal to reach 12,000. The London Met website also has a campaign page for the library which can be found here.
The campaign has drawn supporters such as Sandi Toksvig, author, presenter and comedian, who said "The Women's Library is one of the most inspiring places in Britain. The collection is irreplaceable and having access to it should be a right for all. It truly is a national treasure, and should be maintained at all costs."
Sign the petition now, and save our history.