Wed, 16/05/2012 - 15:11
Library campaigners in Kensal Rise have barricaded the doors to prevent council staff from clearing the building of books today.
Around 50 campaigners have gathered outside the Brent library and prevented eight council workers accompanied by Brent’s head of libraries Sue Mackenzie, from taking the boxes of books, according to a...
Mon, 30/04/2012 - 08:10
Close to 100 Greenwich library workers are on strike over plans to privatise the borough's library services. The library staff, all Unite union members, began five days of industrial action on Friday (27th April).
A further day of strike action is planned for 11th May.
Greenwich council wants to transfer its library...
Wed, 25/04/2012 - 08:20
Authors Sue Townsend and Joanna Trollope have welcomed Nottinghamshire County Council’s pledge to safeguard all its libraries and invest £20m in the sector over the next decade.
Nottingham has announced it will not close any of its 60 libraries and is to pump £20m into capital programmes and “smaller scale...
Wed, 04/04/2012 - 10:30
Volunteers in libraries are nothing new. Members of the public have been involved in the lives of their local branches for years, and few would argue that they have not enhanced the service. Volunteers have been especially helpful in libraries’ outreach work—in taking books to housebound users, for instance, or helping with...
Wed, 04/04/2012 - 09:15
Shadow libraries minister Dan Jarvis has called the judicial review rejection of Surrey's plans for volunteer libraries "the fourth example of the High Court doing Ed Vaizey's job for him".
Local residents yesterday (3rd April) ...
Tue, 03/04/2012 - 10:08
Surrey residents have won their High Court judicial review challenge against council plans to remove paid staff from 10 of the county's libraries.
In a judgement handed down this morning (3rd April), the council's decision was found unlawful. Mr Justice Wilkie said actions by the council had fallen "substantially short...
Fri, 23/03/2012 - 09:15
Tim Coates, founder of online e-lending service Bilbary, has pledged to raise money to donate to library campaign groups after blasting the UK's library service as “not organised” enough to benefit from a share of income from his business.
Officially launching Bilbary in America today, Coates, a former Waterstones m.d...
Tue, 13/03/2012 - 10:00
Shadow culture minister MP Dan Jarvis has warned Ed Vaizey risks becoming the “Dr Beeching” of libraries as the culture minister prepares to give evidence at the DCMS select enquiry and library campaigners make their way to a mass rally in London.
In a speech Jarvis intends to give at the Methodist Central Hall rally this...
Mon, 12/03/2012 - 15:55
Library campaigners have called on MP Ed Vaizey to ensure libraries are run more efficiently rather than closing them down, ahead of his appearance at the Culture, Media and Sport select committee hearing tomorrow (13th March).
Data from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy over the last ten years, analysed by Tim...
Tue, 21/02/2012 - 08:00
The fourth council to be taken to judicial review over library cutbacks, Surrey, now has a hearing scheduled to begin in mid-March.
Campaigners want the review to overturn council plans which could see 10 Surrey libraries turned over to volunteers, with the Surrey Libraries Action Movement claiming consultation over the plan was...