A document has emerged which reveals that library closures were first being considered in 2004. The document, titled ‘A vision for libraries in Brent’ and published in October 2004, states:
Kensal Rise – a magnificent period building which was famously opened by Mark Twain … We would recommend releasing Kensal Rise for residential development.
The report also features a map of all the libraries in Brent. A line points to Kensal Rise library with the word ‘Closed’.
The relevant pages from the report can be downloaded here.