Wed, 23/04/2014 - 17:23
Going to the library frequently is the same as getting a pay rise of £1,359 a year, according to a new report from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.
The report, Quantifying and Valuing the Wellbeing Impacts of Culture and Sport, measures which activities make people happiest and estimates the monetary values of these...
Wed, 16/04/2014 - 08:50
Libraries can take part in a competition to win a visit from Kipper the Dog and other prizes, as part of 25th anniversary celebrations for Mick Inkpen's creation.
The Reading Agency and Hodder Children's Books are running the competition to mark the anniversary, with fifty libraries able to win a pack of Kipper prizes, and one...
Thu, 10/04/2014 - 09:10
Poet Michael Rosen has written an open letter to the new culture secretary Sajid Javid, warning him of the "terrible crisis" in libraries and and across the arts.
The former children's laureate used...
Wed, 02/04/2014 - 09:20
The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) is stepping up its campaign to allow libraries to lend e-books.
The campaign ties into a Europe-wide movement to change how e-books are treated under copyright law, which currently prevents libraries from lending e-books in the same as they can print books....
Tue, 25/03/2014 - 08:30
The Friends of Kensal Rise Library look set to be running a community library on the ground floor of their original library building, after coming to an agreement with the building's owner and developer.
The new agreement means that the Friends group will support the proposed re-development of the building into flats, but will...
Mon, 24/03/2014 - 14:20
North Yorkshire County Council is considering passing 23 of its 35 libraries to volunteers, warning that they may close if not taken on by community groups.
The council currently runs 35 libraries in towns including Harrogate, Ripon and Tadcaster, with a further seven libraries in the area already run by volunteers.
Mon, 24/03/2014 - 09:45
Campaigners and librarians' representatives have told an independent review of the state of the public library service in England that the service is becoming a “postcode lottery”, with volunteer-run libraries "akin to food banks", inadequately meeting a need that "should never have been created."
Mon, 24/03/2014 - 09:40
The Ministry of Justice has introduced new rules which ban people from sending books to prisoners.
The move has prompted outrage from authors and penal campaigners, with...
Mon, 24/03/2014 - 09:10
Four libraries in Newcastle are reopening after the council agreed to partner with outside bodies to run the buildings.
Newcastle City Council closed 10 of its 18 libraries...
Fri, 21/03/2014 - 09:30
Libraries and bookshops are discussing ways they can work together to help each other survive the current challenging climate.
The Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) and the Booksellers Association are holding meetings to see if libraries and bookshops can collaborate to tackle a tough environment in which both are facing closure on a...