CAMPAIGNERS have unveiled a new banner outside one of the city’s closed libraries in their bid to reopen the “vital” community hub. 

Activists revealed the display at the Couper Institute Library during their weekly read-in on Saturday. 

The Cathcart building has been closed since the start of the Covid pandemic in March 2020 and is one of nine libraries in Glasgow without a reopening date.

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Carolyn Lochhead, part of the Save the Couper group, said: “We just want our library back. We know it has been a tough year and we understand that. 

“But we want to talk to the council and Glasgow Life and see how we can help. We have had no answers.

Glasgow Times: Campaigners at a previous read-in with author Peter Ross Campaigners at a previous read-in with author Peter Ross

“The library was used by so many people and, as a parent, I know my kids really miss going to it. But it wasn’t just the library and the nearby Couper Institute was used by so many groups.” 

A spokesman for Glasgow Life said: “We have announced reopening dates for the vast majority of the city’s libraries. Baillieston, Langside and Pollokshields libraries will reopen w/c 23 August, meaning that 24 of Glasgow’s 33 public libraries will have reopened by 
the end of this month. 

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“We have been clear for some time now that the £100 million we received from Glasgow City Council has been allocated in full to reopening more than 90 venues across the city. 

“We continue to recognise the strength of feeling there is about venues without reopening dates, but our ability to open more venues is entirely dependent on more funding becoming available.”