Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library

We are the friends of the Tate South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road, SW8 1QP. For official information about the library, including opening hours and contact details, please visit the library’s own website here.

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Paul O’Grady – aka Lily Savage – loves our library

Paul O'GradyThe campaign to save Tate South Lambeth received support from a wide range of local people, including celebrities – Joanna Lumley (who was the poster girl in Friends’ consultation campaign), Will Self ( who addressed the demonstration on March 5th), and Paul O’Grady ( otherwise known as Lily Savage) who sent us this personal testimony:

I once auditioned for the part of a social worker and got the job because I said that I was able to sign- which of course I couldn’t. The library saved my bacon as it had a comprehensive book on signing, complete with illustrations of hands in various poses, and it was thanks to this book that I learned to sign the lines I had to say. I mention this in one of my own books .In fact that little library on the corner is referred to quite a lot in my books as I used it so often when I first moved to London. You’ll probably find I’m still a member if you root through some dusty old archives. Libraries play an important role in the community, particularly for those on a limited budget who can’t afford the luxury of purchasing new books. It’s then that the library proves itself to be a lifeline. It certainly was for me and I strongly believe that we should respect and preserve our libraries.






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