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Vintage photograph of Maryhill Library

Glasgow Live reports that the city’s five closed libraries are to reopen.

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Patrick Grady
Photo by Richard Townshend

In response to what I previously wrote about Glasgow Life’s plans to close Maryhill Library permanently, Patrick Grady, MP for Glasgow North, emailed me on June 1:

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Susan Aitken

In the last two days, more than 3500 people have signed the petition to save Maryhill Library. And now Glasgow City Council leader Susan Aitken claims there are no plans to close it, just to change its location to the other side of Maryhill Road.

On Tw*****, Ms Aitken wrote:

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During lockdown, Maryhill Library has, rightly, been closed. Now Glasgow Life has announced that it will not re-open.

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There can be no denying the notability of Maria Fyfe, who died last month. Born in the Gorbals in 1938, the child of a tram driver and a shop assistant, she became, as Nicola Sturgeon said, “a feminist icon.” Rising to prominence in the days when the Scottish Labour Party was still left wing, she became the first female MP for Maryhill, Glasgow. And now there is a petition to rename Maryhill Library after her.

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