Libraries round up


Border Telegraph : 11 March

Newspaper move not a matter for council, says leader



Ledbury Reporter : 12 March

Dutch visitors offer inspiration for Hereford Library



The Gazette : 12 March

Funding boost means green light for £5m High Street library


The Guardian : 7 March

Councils are facing bankruptcy – is this the end of public service?



Huddersfield Examiner : 7 March

Kirklees: Developer offers new library for Mirfield – if he can turn old one into an upmarket restaurant



Craven Herald : 7 March

North Yorkshire | Bentham library to get new home

The library is to move and be taken under the wing of a community charity from April, run by a team of volunteers.



The Press : 7 March

York | Haxby library plan



Bradford Telegraph : 7 March

Management committee formed as Silsden Library becomes community-run facility



Milngavie Herald : 7 March

East Dunbartonshire | New Bearsden Hub is officially opened today

Putting a range of council services under one roof, including the ‘re-provisioning’ of the library



Daily Record : 7 March

West Dunbartonshire | library reopens after £100k revamp

‘The facility has seen a massive overhaul and has now become the first of its kind outside Glasgow, offering free use of 12 computers to residents as well as complementary Wi-Fi.’



Northern Echo : 7 March

Darlington Crown Street Library: Plans go back before councillors tonight ahead of final vote on closure



The Jewish Chronicle : 7 March

Barnet | Kisharon opens new chapter by taking over Childs Hill Library

From April, learning disability charity Kisharon will be responsible for the running of the library in Cricklewood Lane, in association with Barnet Mencap.’ 


‘Kisharon’s mission is to help those with learning difficulties gain independence and lead fulfilling working lives. It creates job opportunities through partnerships with local businesses and it is hoped the library will offer further opportunities for clients to gain work experience and learn new skills.’


‘Councillor Reuben Thompstone, chair of Barnet’s Children, Education, Safeguarding and Libraries Committee, said:  “Community-run libraries are already working well across the UK. In Barnet, they will form a vital part of our strategy to keep all 14 of our libraries open.” ‘



Essex Live : 7 March

Writtle residents pitch pop-up cinema and jazz workshop among ideas for spare library space

Several residents come up with ideas to fill empty space in library left after post office relocated. Ideas include a food bank, a permanent chess club, a pop-up community cinema and a jazz club.

Plymouth Herald : 5 March

‘Read-in’ protest against plans to close Plymouth library




York Press : 5 March

£500,000 for Haxby Memorial Hall plans

The city council is planning to put £500,000 into redeveloping Haxby Memorial Hall, so the town’s library can move in.



Newbury Today : 5 March

West Berkshire | Wash Common library set to close at the end of the month



Bath Chronicle : 5 March

Confusion rife over the future of Bath central library

Council accused of changing the goalposts and consultation process is confusing with three different iterations, plus extending consultation period but  without notification. Was the consultation wording changed as a result of threat of legal action by campaigners?



Keighley News : 5 March

Bradford | Management committee formed as Silsden Library becomes community-run facility

Plymouth Herald : 3 March

People think Plymouth library closures plan is ‘a done deal’ 

Plymouth City Council bosses say they are disappointed with the take-up, which represents just 1.4 % of all library users, putting it down to “an element of apathy” and the perception that a decision has already been made.


Sheffield Telegraph : 4 March

Town Hall in the frame for new Central Library



BBC News : 4 March

Berkshire | Cash-strapped council closes Wash Common library



Ledbury Reporter : 4 March

North Herefordshire | Leintwardine Library bucks national trend to increase visitor numbers



Bath Chronicle : 4 March

LETTER: Bath Central Library study space is great – why not create more, better free spaces to work

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