Thu, 20/12/2012 - 09:17
A Labour party policy report on the public library service has recommended the setting up of a new national body to help the government and local authorities to better safeguard its future.
Dan Jarvis MP, the shadow minister for libraries, told The Bookseller that the body would be able to share ideas and...
Wed, 19/12/2012 - 07:00
Squatters who have taken over Friern Barnet Library will be evicted by the end of January unless they can come to an agreement with Barnet Council.
A group of campaigners took over the building in September, and have been running an...
Tue, 18/12/2012 - 14:17
Communities secretary Eric Pickles has described worries about the future of public libraries as a matter for “a bunch of luvvies”, in a exchange in Parliament.
Labour MP and author Tristram Hunt asked Pickles about the priority of library closures...
Wed, 12/12/2012 - 10:09
Twelve per cent of all libraries could have “significant" support from volunteers in the near-future, according to research commissioned by Arts Council England and the Local Government Association.
In a "stakeholder forum" meeting with library campaigners, held on Monday (10th December), the Society of Chief...
Mon, 10/12/2012 - 08:35
More than 200 libraries have closed in the past year, according to figures published today by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).
Their Annual Libraries Survey has found that across 2011-12, taking into account all closures and openings, the UK has lost 201 static and mobile libraries.
Tue, 04/12/2012 - 09:00
More than 1,000 library staff will lose their jobs in the next 12 months, according to a new survey by the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP).
A survey of local authorities by CILIP, carried out during July and September with the support of the Society of Chief Librarians, led to their estimates...
Tue, 04/12/2012 - 08:20
Southampton city council will be cutting library staff and opening hours if it successfully passes its proposed budget for 2013/14. However in Rotherham, library groups have been cheered by the council’s decision to close only one of their 16 libraries, following an extensive public consultation.
Southampton is looking to save...
Thu, 29/11/2012 - 08:31
Croydon Council has chosen the private company it wants to run its 13 libraries, with John Laing Integrated Services selected after a private bidding process.
The new deal, which will be fully unveiled in the coming weeks, will see the local authority continue to hold the freehold on the buildings, while the services are...
Mon, 26/11/2012 - 08:05
Online retail site Bilbary will launch its e-lending service in December, beginning with a focus on the academic market.
Founder Tim Coates right said that the website, which went live in the UK last month for the sale of e-books, will have 40,000 titles ready for lending, a figure he expected to grow rapidly to 100,000.
Mon, 26/11/2012 - 07:00
A library in Blackheath has been reopened in a new premises with support from charities and City bankers.
Blackheath Village Library was one of five which had its funding removed in 2011 as part of Lewisham Council’s money-saving efforts. Since the building was leased, it was forced to vacate its original location.