I largely agree with SL Pimbert's comments (Gazette, January 9) on the reduction of book stocks in our libraries.
When I moved into the borough nearly 14 years ago I was pleased to find that the Central Library was much better stocked than neighbouring boroughs and with a particularly good reference section. Now it appears we have jettisoned many books, in common with other outer London boroughs.
We often hear complaints of the dumbing down of education, particularly from the political right. How ironic it is that a Conservative council is cutting back. I regret that the previous Labour administration appointed a now departed head of library services who apparently sold them the idea that displaying too many books would confuse the customers. If books are not on show borrowers will not ask for them.
Or perhaps we are seeing the return of an older Tory policy of keeping the 'peasants' in ignorance?