Camden Council (a Lib Dem led Lib Dem/Con coalition) has apologised after Lorna Watts, a self employed dress maker, was told she couldn't borrow a pair of scissors at Holborn Library. She later checked with three other libraries but found the same policy applied.
Miss Watts says:
"It's ridiculous – public libraries are supposed to be supportive of small businesses. I asked why I couldn't borrow a pair of scissors and she said, 'they are sharp, you might stab me'. I then asked to borrow a guillotine to cut up my leaflets but she refused again – because she said I could hit her over the head with it. It's absurd – there are plenty of heavy books I could have hit her with if I wanted to."