Libraries round up

Belfast Telegraph: 22 April

Union chief slams MLAs over fresh library cuts




Bath Chronicle: 22 April

Please re-open Bath Central Library exhibition room



Rugby Advertiser: 22 April

Frankton making the most of phone box

Another book exchange referred to as a ‘mini-library



The Shields Gazette: 22 April

South Shields’ The Word wins four gongs at building awards


BBC News: 21 April

Northern Ireland | Cuts to library stock and opening hours

4NI: 21 April
Northern Ireland | Political Parties To Blame For Failure Of Libraries
Richmond and Twickenham Times: 21 April
Richmond | A new chapter for Tudor Drive Library
Extension to provide ‘flexible community space’
Bury Times: 21 April
Anonymous benefactor donates £15,000 to help keep Tottington Library open
Volunteer-run facility
BBC News: 21 April
Scotland | Crossmichael phone box takes on new life as a library
A ‘Wee Book Hoose’ created in a disused phone box offering donated books.
The Star: 21 April
Sheffield | Feature: Saving our library was the start of a new chapter
Refers to volunteer-run facility
St Helens Star: 20 April
Author Frank Cottrell-Boyce speaks of importance of libraries in wake of service review
Dumbarton Reporter: 20 April
Former Ladyton Library edging towards new future as dance school
The Star: 20 April
Sheffield | Community focus: Frecheville Library in good hands
The self-funded library relies on community donations and four annual fundraisers to keep it going.
Plymouth Herald: 20 April
Library campaigners stage 14-hour reading protest in Plymouth
Herts Advertiser: 20 April
Wheathampstead library takes great step forward
More volunteers step forward to run the service
Dorset Echo: 20 April
‘It is just not what Dorchester is all about and it is bringing down the town’: Anti-social behaviour becoming ‘concerning and noticeable’ problem
‘Since the beginning of February there have been nine reported incidents around the library on Charles Street.’
Keighley News: 20 April
Bradford | New warning issued about austerity’s likely impact on communities in the Worth Valley
Local parish council is already running services, including library. Warning of need to put up parish precepts

Blackburn with Darwen Council | More volunteers running Darwen Library as part of council savings



2BR Radio: 17 April

Lancashire | It isn’t over yet for Whalley Library



Leigh Times: 17 April

Westcliff Library Open Again



Chester Chronicle: 17 April

Funding options on table for Chester’s £300m Northgate Development

Chester Library is now closed as books are moved across to Storyhouse ready for the grand opening on May 11



Chester Chronicle: 17 April

Storyhouse in Chester invites community groups to use the space



Sutherland Northern Times: 17 April

Huge cuts but ‘stable’ year for High Life Highland?

High Life Highland, the charity running leisure & cultural services, inc. libraries have been hit by the council’s demand to cut cost by near £1mill. The leisure company has now cut management, library and business support jobs as a consequence.


Lancashire | Warning over library bid ‘chaos’



Big Issue: 14 April

Government considers inquiry into library closures


Get Reading: 14 April

Cost-cutting hits Reading libraries



Yorkshire Evening Post: 14 April

Free wi-fi switched off at Leeds community buildings to ward off troublesome teens



Grimsby Telegraph: 14 April

Anti-social behaviour at Grimsby and Immingham Libraries ‘will not be tolerated’



Brixton Buzz: 14 April
Lambeth Council explores new site for Lambeth Archives to help ‘maximise income generation’ at the Minet Library





The Bookseller: 12 April

Government considers intervening in Swindon and Lancashire library closures



Bolton News: 13 April

Fears about future of B:easties youth club as Topping Fold Library faces closure



Huddersfield Examiner: 13 April

Kirklees | Birkby library could close – to solve a DIFFERENT problem

Library housed in school may go to make way for more classroom space to cope with demand for school places.



The Guardian: 13 April

Parish councils: an unlikely urban safety net



Fife Today: 13 April

Library set to re-open doors
Re-opens after essential repairs


Lancashire Telegraph: 13 April

Lancashire library closure probe is on the political cards



Enfield Advertiser: 13 April

Arts Centre could be new home for Haringey Library



Midsomer & Radstock Journal: 13 April

Bath and NE Somerset | Library consultation results published


Lancashire Post: 12 April

Government inquiry into Lancashire libraries not ruled out



Public Sector Executive: 12 April

Decision to close Lancashire libraries was ‘predetermined’, letter claims


Blackpool Gazette: 12 April

Under-threat Lancashire’s libraries to get a stay of execution?



Blackpool Gazette: 12 April

Lancashire | MP warns county over wasteful library closures as inquiry looms


Walsall Advertiser: 12 April

Rushall library in Walsall to be saved with late community bid?



Gazette & Herald: 12 April

North Yorkshire | Norton library reopens as a community hub

volunteer-run facility



Enfield Independent: 12 April

Haringey | Jacksons Lane Arts Centre approaches Highgate Library Action Group (HLAG) and Haringey Council to discuss relocating to Highgate Library



Big Issue: 12 April

More young people are using libraries, Carnegie study finds



Western Mercury: 12 April

North Somerset | Library will be closed for 12 weeks for refurbishment and children’s centre moving in



Reading Chronicle: 12 April

Reading Borough Council intends to revive three key community hubs, while Southcote and Whitley services will be streamlined

Upgrades will be funded by partly by the disposal of Southcote and Whitley Library, as well as grant funding and a developer contribution.

 Battle Library will operate at reduced hours, while services in Southcote and Whitley will be relocated across the three community hubs.


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