Tue, 14/02/2012 - 08:00
Arts Council England and the Local Government Association have announced the 13 projects they intend to support through the Libraries Development Initiative. But library campaigner Desmond Clarke has criticised the choice of projects as "bizarre" in the light of the problems currently facing the public library service.
Fri, 03/02/2012 - 14:20
Tomorrow, Saturday 4th February, is National Libraries Day.
It's a day on which everyone can show their support for the service by visiting their library, taking out a book, or joining, if they are not already a member. You can check for local events on the National Libraries Day website,...
Fri, 23/12/2011 - 08:03
The website offering resources for National Libraries Day, the national day to celebrate libraries and everything they offer, plus the value of reading, has now gone live at http://www.nationallibrariesday.org.uk/
The website features a Google map for all the events planned to...
Wed, 21/12/2011 - 09:37
Recently appointed shadow libraries minister Dan Jarvis has condemned "mindless closures" of libraries and said that now more than ever is the time to harness the opportunities libraries offer and use them as "ladders of social mobility and personal development".
Jarvis' words come as an open...
Mon, 19/12/2011 - 08:07
The court of appeal's judgment on Brent library closures will be given this afternoon (19th December) at the High Court in the Strand, London.
Brent residents are appealing against the judicial review judgment given in October, which saw Mr Justice Ouseley find in favour of Brent council over its plans to close six of the borough...
Thu, 08/12/2011 - 08:20
Somerset County Council has confirmed it is reversing its library cuts programme following the High Court judgement at judicial review in November that it had breached equalities legislation.
According to a press report on...
Tue, 06/12/2011 - 15:37
Local campaigners have accused Lewisham council of operating a two-tier library service after the council's own statistics showed borrowing plummeting up to 89% at the libraries transferred out of council management in May.
Borrowing figures for October 2011 show Grove Park community library making just 722 loans during that month...
Mon, 05/12/2011 - 07:15
Oxfordshire County Council has announced scaled-back plans for its volunteer-run libraries, which will see all 43 staffed at least 50% by paid employees.
Under the new scheme, reported by the Oxford Mail, 22 core libraries will...
Thu, 01/12/2011 - 07:53
Both Wandsworth and Croydon councils are inviting outside organisations to bid to take over the management of their library services.
According to a report on news site 24dash.com, the council said the...
Wed, 30/11/2011 - 09:40
Surrey County Council has ditched plans for nine of its libraries to become volunteer-run.
Nineteen of Surrey's 52 libraries were under threat of closure unless volunteers stepped forward to run them, but yesterday (29th September), leader of the Conservative Surrey County Council, councillor David Hodge, announced that nine of...