National Libraries Day 2013 confirmed for 9th February

The third National Libraries Day will run on Saturday 9th February 2013.

A proposal to shift next year's event to the end of 2013 had been mooted, but a spokesperson for The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) said it had not had "much of a response" to a consultation on doing so and had therefore decided to stick to the original plan.

CILIP, which is on the steering group running the event, alongside the Reading Agency, the School Library Association, and the Society of Chief Librarians, said it wanted the 2013 event to surpass that of 2012, in which 400 events took place. "In 2013 we want to take this even further and to celebrate the value of all of our libraries, librarians and information professionals," the organisation said.

"Every day across the UK, librarians and information professionals are improving literacy rates, encouraging learning and promoting reading for pleasure. They connect people with the information they need and contribute to a fair and prosperous society. National Libraries Day 2013 is a chance to say a big thank you to these unsung heroes, to shine a spotlight on all the great work they do and to show decision-makers just why librarians and information professionals are so loved and so vital to our communities."

CILIP President Phil Bradley said, "In these times of austerity it is clear that libraries are needed and valued more than ever. Librarians in conjunction with their members are working hard to protect and improve their communities, to increase literacy levels, and to provide training and support in many areas, from learning about the internet through to researching for a new job. National Libraries Day is an opportunity to celebrate everyone who works in a library, everyone who visits libraries, and to highlight to people who don't visit them exactly what they're missing out on."

There were a number of criticisms of individual library authorities failing to take part in the event to any significant degree, or even at all, when it was held in February this year.