YOU asked for comments on the refurbishment of local libraries (Revamp for libraries to continue, Gazette, December 1).
Harrow and Hillingdon Geological Society has been exhibiting at Uxbridge Library for more than 20 years, and the members of staff have always been very helpful.
In 2007, when preparing for our exhibition, I remarked on the dirty and stained state of the carpet in the atrium. The carpet was cleaned but the stains remained.
I was told that nothing could be done about it because the library was due for refurbishment. We arranged our exhibits to disguise the worst of the stains. The same situation prevailed for our exhibition in 2009. We are booked to go into the library on February 11, 2011 - nothing has changed.
I applaud the fact that the libraries are being refurbished: the upgraded libraries are much improved.
Uxbridge Library is the flagship central library, with the Tourist Information Office open seven days each week and the only exhibition space in the borough that passes for a Hillingdon museum or heritage centre.
Why is it so sadly neglected? According to your article it does not seem its refurbishment is more than an aspiration. Will there be any change for our 2013 exhibition?
JOAN WATERS Harrow and Hillingdon
* Councillor Henry Higgins, Hillingdon Council cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, responded: "As the only local authority in London to guarantee that its libraries are safe from closures, we have demonstrated a strong commitment to the service.
"When some local authorities are closing smaller libraries, our community libraries were the first to be refurbished or rebuilt as residents tell us that they are important to them. The multi-million-pound refurbishment of all of the borough's 17 libraries is due for completion in 2014."