Round up

THE BOOKSELLER : 19th November
Workers strike over plans to turn libraries into gyms

Brixton Blog : 19th November
Fury over Lambeth libraries vote
THE GUARDIAN : 19th November
Publishers answer minister’s call to offer schools cheap classics
She replied to the schools minister’s challenge with one of her own: “We’d like to see the government investing more in school libraries and librarians, as well as halting the closure of public libraries across the UK. It is this, we believe, that will help nurture the next generation of book lovers.”
Rossendale Free Press : 19th November
Lancashire | Valley united behind our campaign to save libraries
good arguments presented good arguments presented
Hertfordshire Mercury : 19th November
Community group remains hopeful over fight against move of Buntingford library
The Star : 19th November
Sheffield | Library with ‘sense of place’ thrives
BBC News : 18th November
Bristol libraries opening hours to be cut
Accrington Observer : 18th November
Lancashire | Join battle to save libraries from the axe
In papers due to go before the cabinet, LCC said one library in each of its 12 district council areas would meet its statutory obligations.

London Evening Standard : 18th November
Lambeth library workers walk out in protest over gym plans

London SE1 : 18th November
Lambeth | Waterloo Library staff stage walkout over closure plans
Huddersfield Examiner : 18th November
Kirklees libraries plan to go ahead after probe orders only minor changes
Brixton Buzz : 18th November
Protest planned at Full Council as Cllr Edbrooke rips apart Motion supporting future of Lambeth libraries

Shropshire Star : 18th November
Ellesmere Library will move in to community centre

Spalding Guardian : 18th November
Lincolnshire | ‘What a waste to go full circle on county libraries’

THE BOOKSELLER : 16th November
Plan for privately-run Devon libraries passed

BBC News : 16th November
Lancashire County Council plans job cuts and library closures
Proposals include reducing the county council’s library network from 74 libraries to 34

Burnley Express : 16th November
Huge cuts to Lancashire County Council services announced
Coventry Telegraph : 16th November
Reaction: Coventry library campaigners hit out at £5m cuts plan

Bournemouth Echo : 16th November
Letter | Library move “not the answer”

Bournemouth Echo : 16th November
New location denounced as “death warrant” for Ensbury Park Library
“The council keep making a song and dance about having a coffee bar there. It’s not what we’re really after.”
Ross Gazette : 16th November
Options for Hereford Library to be debated

South London Today : 16th November
Greenwich | Proposals to axe a mobile library has opened fears over
the loss of services for communities away from town centres§ionIs=news&searchyear=2015

News North Wales : 16th November
Denbighshire | Rhyl library sign change – omitting the word ‘library’ – causes concern

Grantham Journal : 15th November
Lincolnshire | Letter – Please be aware of library cuts
My local library is now a “community hub”, run by volunteers who are doing the job under very difficult circumstances, and limited funds.  It is now open for less than half its original hours. If I felt pedantic enough I could write to my local council and ask for a reduction in my council tax, as I no longer receive a service I very much valued.

Dewsbury Reporter : 15th November
Kirklees | Clarity needed on libraries
“There needs to be a clearer definition of the two tier model of services (Town and Community Supported Libraries) being proposed so that the public can clearly understand the rationale and the service offer they can expect.”

THE BOOKSELLER : 13th November

CILIP warns Cameron on cuts ahead of Autumn Statement




In The Bay : 13th November

Massive cuts to services by Lancashire County Council 

Total library cuts rising to £4.1m





Beverley Guardian : 13th November

Letter | Libraries may close in the East Riding Council area



Basingstoke Gazette : 13th November

Hampshire |Four local libraries under threat of closure as part of council plans to save £1.7m

as well as : “mobile services could be scrapped altogether”




Coventry Telegraph : 13th November

£5m council cuts plan to close public toilets but save libraries

axe mobile library; £100,000 reduction in book fund; cut opening hours; lose 35 jobs




South London Press : 13th November

Lewisham | Leading poet calls on town hall to rethink Library plans




Brighton & Hove Independent : 13th November

Privatisation could lead us to a dystopian future

In Barnet, the council recently had to pay thousands of pounds for “emergency” IT services after its privatised provider went into administration. In Sefton, an outsourcing deal with Capita in 2008 failed to deliver the £70m savings promised, leaving the council to return the work in-house.  In our own city, a private finance initiative deal on Jubilee Library has incurred massive costs up to 2028, effectively subsidising the private sector and stymying our ability to support our libraries today.



Fife Today : 13th November

Kinghorn children consulted on library closures




BBC News : 12th November

Somerset County Council applies immediate budget freeze

Libraries a “non-statutory service”




Phil Bradley’s Weblog : 12th November

CILIP’s weak statement to the Prime Minister




CILIP : 12th November

CILIP calls on Prime Minister David Cameron to develop publicly-funded libraries




Leon’s Library Blog : 12th November

Trusts v Volunteer Libraries.  It’s Complicated!



Ripon Gazette : 12th November

Ripon councillors slam ‘pig’s ear’ of plans for city’s library




The Argus : 12th November

Hove Library’s purpose built replacement will be two and half times smaller




Save Lincolnshire Libraries Campaign : 12th November

Letter to the Editor | “threaten, bully and criticise”




Daily Record : 12th November

West Lothian libraries & community centres will ‘remain open’




Wales Online : 12th November

Rhondda Cynon Taf | Council set to cut library staff and replace them with panic buttons





Western Morning News : 11th November

Future of 50 Devon libraries secured in take-over deal




Southern Daily Echo : 11th November

Campaigners stage sit-in protest in Southampton




Issue No. 1405

13-26 November

Library News (p.35) | Cobbett Road Library, Southampton

In newsagents today





London Evening Standard : 11th November

London library workers ballot to strike over plans to turn libraries into ‘healthy living centres’




Barry & District News : 11th November

Judge rules against Rhoose library campaigners



Local Gov Lawyer

Welsh council defeats High Court challenge over library decision





Horncastle News : 11th November

Letter | Lincolnshire Council cuts – Council’s view is disturbing



North Devon Journal : 11th November

North Devon libraries told to diversify under new body




THE BOOKSELLER : 10th November

PLR rate to increase by 1p next year




Brixton Buzz : 10th November

Lambeth Council Scrutiny response shows setting up of book-ish gyms will take £1m of funding away from other leisure services


Brixton Buzz : 10th November

Lambeth library campaigner pens open letter to Cllr Jane Edbrooke addressing her bonkers book-ish gyms


South London Press : 9th November

Lambeth | Hundreds march to save libraries§ionIs=news&searchyear=2015



Brent & Kilburn Times : 10th November


Lord Melvyn Bragg gives talk at Kensal Green church to raise funds for library campaigners



Wales Online : 10th November

Library staff could face redundancy in the latest round of Rhondda Cynon Taf council cuts



Cambrian News : 10th November

Ceredigion | Libraries under threat in major shake-up





Watford Observer : 10th November

Hertfordshire | Volunteers step in to save Chorleywood Library after cuts to library budget



Fife Today : 10th November

Support for Lundin Links library campaigners






Issue No. 1404 | Library News

“Library users in Anglesey face a variety of awful options for their cash-strapped service as this island consults over cuts.”

Available in newsagents



THE BOOKSELLER : 9th November

Fifty jobs may go as Glasgow libraries cut £2.4m



Western Morning News : 9th November

Cornwall | “Golden opportunity” on the table to run library services, says council
 : 9th November

New chapter for Chorleywood Library

The library will continue to open for its usual hours, and for the first few weeks library staff will be on hand to support and train the volunteers.





The Courier : 7th November

Fife | Communities refuse to close book on library fight

The fight to save 16 Fife libraries from the axe is gathering momentum after the consultation over the proposed closures came to an end.




S W Londoner : 6th November

Brixtonians will march tomorrow in bid to save Lambeth libraries




THE BOOKSELLER :  6th November

Vaizey praises library campaign groups in speech



Speech | Ed Vaizey MP – Launch of SCL’s Universal Learning Offer




THE BOOKSELLER : 6th November

Devon Libraries to be privately-owned by library staff




Booktrade Info : 6th November

Libraries – Taskforce To The Rescue?




Shropshire Star : 5th November

Group fears impact of axe on Shropshire’s libraries




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