Tue, 05/02/2013 - 09:30
Liverpool City Council is considering closing half its libraries as it looks to make another round of budget savings.
Like Newcastle City Council, which is aiming to close ten of its 18 libraries, Liverpool City Council could shut ten of its 19 libraries in an attempt to save £938,000 from their budget.
Tue, 29/01/2013 - 15:00
City of York Council has been given £100,000 by the cabinet office to help it form a mutual business to run its library service.
The local authority had previously raised the suggestion of forming a mutual service to take control of...
Wed, 09/01/2013 - 11:50
Libraries in York could be run by community or social enterprise, after the city's council agreed at a cabinet meeting last night (8th January) to explore the idea. The decision follows a six-week consultation last year.
The new structure...
Tue, 08/01/2013 - 14:34
I was angry about the closure of Newcastle’s libraries before I spent time at Cruddas Park; now I’m furious.
Cruddas Park is one of the libraries scheduled to close. It’s to the west of the city centre, part of an estate known for its deprivation. The tower blocks have been refurbished, but the small shopping centre...
Tue, 08/01/2013 - 08:30
Gateshead Council is calling for volunteers to take over the running of five of its libraries.
The authority has decided to turn five of its 17 libraries into community-run libraries, while continuing to...
Wed, 19/12/2012 - 07:00
Squatters who have taken over Friern Barnet Library will be evicted by the end of January unless they can come to an agreement with Barnet Council.
A group of campaigners took over the building in September, and have been running an...
Tue, 18/12/2012 - 06:30
Campaigners protesting against huge cuts to Newcastle’s library service have set up a website allowing members of the public to find out more and get involved.
The website, savenewcastlelibraries.org, brings together a petition against the proposed cuts, a blog with updates on the...
Mon, 10/12/2012 - 08:35
More than 200 libraries have closed in the past year, according to figures published today by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).
Their Annual Libraries Survey has found that across 2011-12, taking into account all closures and openings, the UK has lost 201 static and mobile libraries.
Mon, 26/11/2012 - 07:00
A library in Blackheath has been reopened in a new premises with support from charities and City bankers.
Blackheath Village Library was one of five which had its funding removed in 2011 as part of Lewisham Council’s money-saving efforts. Since the building was leased, it was forced to vacate its original location.
Fri, 23/11/2012 - 08:00
Library campaigners have called government plans to scrap equalities assessments and limit judicial reviews "devastating".
In a speech at the CBI on Monday (19th November), Prime Minister David Cameron outlined his intention to make judicial reviews harder to access, describing many as "completely...