Round up

THE GUARDIAN : 31st July

Why Birmingham library needs Google and language classes to keep doors open

by Penny Holbrook, cabinet member for skills, learning and culture



Local Guardian : 31st July

More redundancies announced at Croydon’s libraries




The Lincolnite : 31st July

Is privatisation the key to saving Lincolnshire’s libraries?

Matt Osborne “specialises in the provision of freelance professionals into the public and private sectors”




Barnet & Whetstone Press : 31st July

Libraries consultation “a wake up call” as readers reject council plans


Opinion Research Services : July 2015

Barnet’s Future Library Service: Final Report of the Consultation Outcomes

pdf file – 249 pages



Ledbury Reporter : 31st July

Herefordshire | “Community hub” dream fades for the Master’s House?

To keep Ledbury Library going, it would need to be “self-service”, and run by volunteers.


Herefordshire Council : 31st July

Income & Savings Proposals | Reduce customer services and libraries across the county

final item



Liverpool Echo : 31st July

Five Liverpool libraries to be handed over to volunteers and community groups

Proposals to go before the authority’s ruling cabinet would see libraries across the city taken over by volunteers. The council is also to announce that Jan Parry, president of the Chartered Institute of Library ….



Mirfield Reporter : 31st July

Kirklees | Friends group aims to save Batley’s central library



Bucks Advertiser & Review : 28th July

Buckinghamshire | Library opening hours slashed to make £270k saving


Blantern promises library data improvement

article has attracted interesting comments



BBC News : 30th July

One in five elderly has ‘no-one to turn to’, warns charity

Campaign to End Loneliness director Lauren Alcock-Ferguson said the survey findings were disheartening.   “… We need local authorities to address the many triggers of loneliness by maintaining and providing essential services that older people rely on to stay connected.”



Croydon Advertiser : 29th July

Union concerned about ‘unclear’ plans to restructure Croydon library staff



Huddersfield Examiner : 30th July

Councillors debate threat to libraries in Kirklees



Northern Echo : 30th July

Stockton | Official opening for £2.7m library in Billingham



Ham & High : 30th July

Camden | West Hampstead Library ‘could move to controversial housing development’

Just a thought

The Institute for Policy Research says that there are 635,000 empty homes in England alone and of those, 216,000 homes (or just over one-third) have been unoccupied for longer than six months. This would go some way to addressing the problem of homelessness and overcrowding in the UK and the humanitarian crisis affecting the unfortunate people in Calais.


Right, let me get this right, if a) Jeremy Corbyn wins the Labour leadership election according to democratically decided rules and b) the losers don’t like the result and quit, throwing their toys out of the pram then c) said Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters are splitters, destroying the party. Is that it?

Mention in the Guardian

Hate gets another mention in the Guardian today:

7. Hate by Alan Gibbons
Inspired by the true story of Sophie Lancaster, who was killed for looking different, this moving book is about Eve, whose sister Rosie was murdered because of how she dressed. The book explores bigotry and prejudice in an atmosphere of building tension – could this all happen again to someone else? I’ve met Alan a couple of times now, most recently at the Lancashire Book Awards were we were both shortlisted, and he’s a passionate writer with a nose for the serious issues that other YA writers don’t always tackle. He wrote this book after meeting Sophie’s mother and realising this is a story that should be out there.


Lincolnshire Libraries at the High Court

Here is how to keep up to date with the hearing and potential Judicial Review that is starting tomorrow in the High Court.



Official Hashtag #LibrariesHighCourt


Live stream of this tag being used


Private Eye, Library News

Issue No. 1396 | Library News (p.35)

LIBRARIES minister Ed Vaizey told a recent meeting of the Leadership for Libraries Taskforce that securing £7.4m in spring’s budget to ensure that every public library has wifi was a “notable achievement”.

Last year’s independent report on the sector noted that only 48 percent of libraries offer a way for visitors to get online using their own gadgets, rather than using library computers. But will £7.4m even come close to covering the costs?

Last year, free public wifi was installed in 1,000 public buildings around the UK, using £30m from the government’s £150m Super-Connected Cities programme, as Vaizey should know, since he announced the scheme.

The scale of the task with small branch libraries is larger. At a meeting of the all-party parliamentary group on libraries earlier this year, independent report panel chair William Sieghart noted: “It is shocking that over 1,000 libraries don’t have wifi.” Of course, he went on to say, “many of these are libraries that have been slated for closure.”

Four libraries closed for good in the London borough of Harrow last month, and 16 new planned closures were announced in Fife. A final decision on closing seven libraries in Bristol is due in August. That’s certainly one way to make that £7.4m stretch to cover whatever public libraries remain.

Round up

Public Libraries News : 25th July

Editorial | A look at the ridiculous “there’s more libraries now” claim

and scroll down to:  ‘A look at the statistics’



Cambridge News : 26th July

Review planned over Cambridge Central Library enterprise centre  – but no independent inquiry



Lincolnshire Echo : 26th July

‘Council may be lean and efficient but that’s because it is cutting all its services’


Lincolnshire Echo : 26th July

‘County Council has squirelled away £17m of YOUR money – but won’t put penny into libraries’



THE GUARDIAN : 24th July

Drop in younger children visiting libraries is worrying, says Chris Riddell

This story has been very widely published

Some queries have since been raised about the reliability of the figures quoted therein.



DCMS : July 2015

Taking Part 2014/15 – Annual Child Report | Statistical Release

see various refs, most specifically Page 21



Good eReader : 24th July

Major Publishers Might Revise eBook Pricing for Libraries

Publishers need libraries now …



Bournemouth Echo : 24th July

Poole | Axed mobile library to be used at school for next three years

parked up



Ham & High : 23rd July

Camden library campaigners celebrate small victory in fight against closures



Fife Today : 23rd July

Campaign launched to save Kinghorn library from closure



Local Government Lawyer : 20th July

High Court to start hearing second judicial review over libraries plan



Spoon & Tamago : 18th July

Japan | Kids’ Sculptures Made From Books to Bring Librarians Back Into Libraries


Lincolnshire library plans ‘perverse’ High Court told





Vaizey to launch wi-fi pilot scheme today



CILIP : 22nd July

Improving access to library services for visually impaired people



LGA : 22nd July

Poor children being let down by public services finds National Children’s Bureau report



Huddersfield Examiner : 22nd July

You are vital to keeping your library running:

Results of survey on Kirklees Council libraries show public involvement is key for future



Shropshire Star : 22nd July

Editorial | Plight of library is a timely reminder


Lincolnshire Echo : 21st July

Lincolnshire libraries: Council’s plans to cut libraries described as “perverse”


Market Rasen Mail : 21st July

Libraries – Council jumping gun


Lincolnshire Echo : 21st July

Lincolnshire campaigners head to London to seek legal challenge over libraries shake-up



Telegraph & Argus : 21st July

Kirklees | Debate on plans to close libraries in Cleckheaton, Birstall and Heckmondwike




Daily Record : 21st July

A temporary Kirkcudbright library is set to cost as much as £157,000 as it moves from sheriff court



Pirate FM : 20th July

Decision Delayed On Future Of Cornwall’s Libraries


Pirate FM : 20th July

Do You Fancy Running Cornwall’s Leisure Services?





THE GUARDIAN : 20th July

App could turn America’s poor into lifelong readers

While the UK quibbles over library ebook lending, American publishers are teaming up with charities and libraries to give away thousands of ebooks to low-income students.




Bristol libraries could be saved after council u-turn



Liverpool Echo : 20th July

Fewer people using Wirral libraries since opening hours were cut



Liverpool Echo : 19th July

Sefton Park library’s crime section left empty after ‘mass borrowing’

Library campaigners say it is a ‘crime’ that Liverpool’s libraries have been left in limbo



Shropshire Council : 20th July

Residents’ views sought on proposals for Bishop’s Castle Library

BBC News : 17th July

Plans to close seven Bristol libraries overturned : 17th July

Press Release | Fresh Proposals – Libraries




Bournemouth Echo : 17th July

Poole | Axed mobile library leaves residents ‘with no alternative’



Biggleswade Chronicle : 17th July

Bedfordshire | Mobile library service ‘at risk’ ?in consultation



The Courier : 17th July

New chapter in Fife library library row



Wales Online : 16th July

Roath library campaigners ask again for the building to be saved as councillors discuss its future

Coun Bradbury said the preferred option was for a community group to take over the building but that they would consider any offer, even from a private company.


Lincolnshire library campaigners head to high court


Stamford Mercury : 15th July

Lincolnshire library cuts in High Court once more


Wales Online : 15th July

Campaigners set to take their fight to save Rhoose Library to court



Ham & High : 16th July

600 sign petition to save West Hampstead Library as Camden consults on closures



Staffordshire Newsletter : 16th July

Penkridge Library campaigners urge residents to have say on opening hours and mobile library




Blackmore Vale Magazine : 16th July

Letter | Libraries are for all ages



Gazette & Herald : 15th July

North Yorkshire | Campaigners win battle to save Norton Library from closure

“The small financial concessions that have been offered to create all volunteer libraries will be inadequate to sustain them.”

Public Libraries News : 14th July

Cuts in Camden, more details on losses in Bucks, Dorset and Worcs

Please also note under ‘national news’ on the same PLN page, a furious email about the BBC’s coverage of (Armthorpe Library) Doncaster.  It looks as though the BBC commentary on ‘Breakfast News’ was inaccurate – leading to some similarly misleading claims in the BBC article that was subsequently circulated.



Save Lincolnshire Libraries : 15th July

County council refuses to reconsider plans to get rid of staff from libraries



Derby Telegraph : 15th July

Crunch talks with Government over Derby City Council debt

Derby Arena, CCTV, school crossings,Derby Museum and Art Gallery and local libraries could all be affected by the cuts which Derby City Council says it is being forced to make.



Express & Star : 15th July

New round of cuts for Wolverhampton: Libraries & children’s services in the firing line

Councillors have warned that even Central Library, which has so far been spared the same fate as smaller branches, may also have its opening hours reduced along with others facing the axe again.



Dorset County Council : 15th July

Dorset joins LibrariesWest Consortium



Wales Online : 15th July

Cardiff | Letter – Do right thing and reopen city library

Public Libraries News : 12th July

Editorial | 175 innovations for your public library service … and 343 volunteer libraries



Ham & High : 13th July

Have your say on £800,000 cuts putting Camden libraries in the firing line

Libraries could close, see opening hours slashed, be privatised, or become self-service under cost-saving options to be presented to residents in a consultation next week.


Don’t Privatise Libraries : 13th July

Camden Council proposes library cuts and Councillors set up a campaign and a petition



Don’t Privatise Libraries : 13th July

Barnet Childrens’ March for Libraries on 12/9/15 – A call out to all library campaigners/supporters




Western Gazette : 13th July

Dorset residents to have their say on mobile libraries future

? …



Daily Post : 13th July

Anglesey town councils will be asked to take over services as local authority faces further £5m cuts

Outside bodies may be required to take over the running of some non-statutory services, including libraries …



Blackmore Vale Magazine: 13th July

Letter | Don’t begrudge time for toddlers in libraries

BBC News : 10th July

The volunteers who are keeping local libraries alive

Examples cited: Doncaster and Lincolnshire



BBC News : 10th July

Reading Borough Council could cut 50 jobs

libraries could be closed



The Courier : 10th July

Fife Council leader accuses SNP of ‘moving the goalposts’ in talks on library closure plans




Summer Reading Challenge aims for world record



Devon County Council : 9th July

Chair appointed to lead exciting future for Devon’s libraries

Dent > ‘Stalinist agenda’ row (The Guardian, 2003)



Wales Online : 9th July

Cardiff | Roath library will not be sold off — but only if community group take it over and keep it as a library–9626305

Pirate FM : 9th July

Cornwall’s Libraries Face Being Hived Off




Brixton Buzz : 9th July

Lambeth Council delays announcing outcome of Cultural Consultation until September



Save Lincs Libraries | Facebook

Lincolnshire residents urged by campaigner to visit their local libraries to find out what is going on

scroll down for details and comments




Leek Post & Times : 9th July

Staffordshire | Leek residents being urged to help shape delivery of new vision for County’s Archives Service


Tamworth Herald : 9th July

Staffordshire | Jobs under threat at Tamworth Library in shake-up





E-lending won’t put a big dent in book sales

Lending them to the 51% of the population with library cards will likely have a negligible effect on book sales, just as 165 years of public libraries haven’t put bookshops out of business.



York Press : 6th July

Tomorrow is a vital day for North Yorkshire libraries



Gloucester Citizen : 6th July

Book-swap buses swing into action in Gloucester with new Stagecoach reading initiative



Cambridge News : 5th July

Services for drug addicts and alcoholics could be delivered at Cambridgeshire libraries