Liberal Democrat Leader Councillor Paul Lorber is demanding that Brent Council review its library book sales policy after a book on Queen Elizabeth I he bought at a library sale two years ago for just 25p sold on Amazon for £29.99 – 120 times more.
A few weeks ago the Liberal Democrats exposed the fact that Brent Council is selling books by weight. Councillor Lorber is concerned that valuable council assets are being given away for peanuts because of the council’s pile-them-high sell-them cheap policy.
If this one example is anything to go by the council will have disposed of many valuable books for pennies.
Brent’s library service and local taxpayers have potentially lost out on thousands of pounds of much needed income at a time when local people can’t afford Labour’s wasteful approach,
said Councillor Lorber.
The book sold by Cllr Lorber is Gloriana: the portraits of Queen Elizabeth I by Roy Strong, published in 2003. When originally published it was described as “a work of immense beauty and precision” and it continues to be a standard reference work for historians.