Thu, 06/03/2014 - 08:40
The Chartered Institute for Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) has called for an end to the limitations placed on e-book lending in public libraries.
CILIP said that libraries should have the same right to lend e-books in the same way that they can lend print books, in order to promote literacy and foster a passion for...
Mon, 03/03/2014 - 09:10
A year-long pilot for e-lending in public libraries is being launched today (3rd March), offering new releases and titles not available for e-lending elsewhere.
Library visitors in the four pilot areas - Peterborough, Newcastle, Windsor and Maidenhead, and Derbyshire – will be able to access a list of over 1,000 titles not...
Wed, 26/02/2014 - 09:30
Leicestershire County Council has proposed handing control of 37 libraries to parish councils and volunteer groups, with just 16 bigger libraries still under council control.
Mon, 24/02/2014 - 16:40
Industry figures have voiced hopes for the latest government-commissioned review into the library service, but there has been strong scepticism from campaigners.
The report, commissioned by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport alongside the Department for Communities & Local Government, will look at core principles,...
Mon, 24/02/2014 - 15:25
This week’s issue of The Bookseller is dedicated to those twinned physical spaces where we discover books—libraries and bookshops. What happens to these book rooms in the short term will dictate the future direction of the publishing business for decades to come.
The challenge around libraries has become acute...
Thu, 20/02/2014 - 09:30
Sheffield City Council has approved plans to slash its library funding and leave only 12 of its 27 libraries under council control.
Even those 12 libraries will have reduced staff levels and opening hours.
Funding has been made available...
Wed, 19/02/2014 - 09:10
Arts Council England (ACE) has commissioned new research into how the public library service contributes to the national economy.
The first stage of the research will include pulling together existing local and international studies which have measured the economic impact of libraries. After collating, ACE will publish the current...
Tue, 18/02/2014 - 12:11
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched a consultation into the closure of the Advisory Council on Libraries (ACL), four years after the body was last convened.
In 2010, the secretary of state for culture announced the intention to close the ACL, as part of wider plans to close down several public bodies....
Mon, 17/02/2014 - 08:50
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched its consultation into the extension of the Public Lending Right (PLR) to cover audiobook loans and e-book...
Fri, 14/02/2014 - 09:30
Two Lee Child novels were the most borrowed books of the year from UK libraries in 2012-13, while Hilary Mantel and J K Rowling also saw books fly into the top 10, in the annual UK book lending figures released by the Public Lending Right.
But for the seventh year running, it is James Patterson who is the most borrowed author from UK...