Thu, 23/05/2013 - 09:15
Arts Council England’s Envisioning the Library of the Future project has concluded that libraries should be at the hub of their communities, but states that libraries can provide greater benefit when they are co-located with other services.
Brian Ashley, ACE director for libraries, said: “One of the things that came...
Tue, 14/05/2013 - 07:30
Herefordshire Council is due to meet this week to discuss cuts to its budget that could see several libraries closed.
Campaigners have started a petition against library closures, claiming that libraries in the county could lose 75% of their budget, with 11 of the county’s 12 libraries in line to be closed.
An agenda for...
Fri, 19/04/2013 - 11:18
Bury Council has launched a consultation on the future of its library service as it looks to save £570,000 from its library budget.
Though it plans to keep all of its libraries open, four could be moved or co-located, while voluntary redundancy is being offered to the 120 staff across the Bury service, according to a report in...
Thu, 18/04/2013 - 16:44
Croydon's Upper Norwood Library is set to lose nearly a third of its workforce as its opening hours are cut in half.
The library, which is currently managed by Croydon but paid for jointly by Croydon and Lambeth authorities, will lose more than half of its £589,000 budget at the end of April, with a cut of £344,000....
Thu, 04/04/2013 - 06:40
A group of libraries in Wales is set to receive a boost of £1m to help modernise their aging facilities.
Canton Library in Cardiff, Morriston Library in Swansea, and libraries in Cwmbran, Bridgend, Newtown and Haverfordwest are all set to benefit from the capital funding earmarked by the Welsh Assembly Government.
Tue, 02/04/2013 - 08:15
Proposed cuts to Sheffield’s libraries will be debated in the city after 10,000 people signed a petition challenging the changes.
Around half of the city’s 27 libraries are at risk as the council looks to make £50m of cuts from its overall budget. The Labour-run council is looking for community groups and social...
Tue, 26/03/2013 - 09:20
Firefighters are still at the scene of a huge library fire in south London, after working through the night to put out the blaze.
Crews are continuing to damp down Newington Library this morning (26th March) after first being called to Wansey Road at 12.30pm on 25th March.
Around 30 people were evacuated from the building,...
Tue, 19/02/2013 - 09:20
Writers have condemned the decision by a Scottish council to close seven of its 15 libraries and cut 100% of its art development funding.
The Moray Council made the decision last week, and warned that the present cuts “may not be...
Mon, 11/02/2013 - 08:45
Libraries across the country celebrated National Libraries Day on Saturday (9th February), the culmination of a week of activities designed to highlight the role the service plays in local communities.
Hundreds of libraries held special events, from author readings to animal handling sessions. In Lambeth, actress Joanna Lumley...
Wed, 06/02/2013 - 07:45
A library in north London which was occupied by squatters will now be run by volunteers from the local community following an agreement with Barnet Council.
Friern Barnet Library was occupied in September after it was closed by the council in April 2012. Squatters have lived inside the building throughout the winter, running a book...