The Bookseller launches site to oppose library closures

The Bookseller launches site to oppose library closures

<p><em>The Bookseller</em> has launched a campaign to oppose the &quot;wantonly destructive cuts to the national library service&quot;.<br /><br />Called &#39;Fight for Libraries&#39;, the campaign will be centred around a Facebook site where news about library cuts and opposition to them will be reported, and which will also function as a hub for all news, sites and information on the struggle against library cuts. The site will operate from <a href="http://bit.ly/fight4libraries">http://bit.ly/fight4libraries</a> and on Twitter at <a href="http://www.twitter.com/fight4libraries">www.twitter.com/fight4libraries<... /><br />&quot;The next few weeks are critical to the future of libraries in this country, and to the literary culture they help support. Up to 800 libraries are faxed with the axe in the coming days. The Government backed-down over Booktrust over Christmas, and its watering down of tuition fees, shows that it is not immune to pressure, whilst history has shown that local councils will back down on library closures once they realise the depth of local opposition. I don&#39;t think David Cameron wants to be remembered as the Prime Minister who closed down all the libraries,&quot; says editor-in-chief of <em>The Bookseller</em> Neill Denny.<br /><br />The Facebook site hosts a manifesto and a set of demands, with<em> The Bookseller</em> supporting the calls for a national public enquiry into the library service, demanding a halt to the unfair and disproportionate targeting of libraries for cuts, and calling for the 1964 Libraries Act to be observed in letter and spirit. It also has a poll asking people to commit to supporting libraries.<br /><br />&quot;Libraries are under threat right now. A library lost today will not be re-opened tomorrow - the book trade has to take a stand,&quot; added Denny. &quot;Please use the site to see what is going on and update it with developments in your own area. We&#39;d like you to engage with our Facebook page, let us know who you are, give us your views and post useful links. Our campaign can offer a focal point for all interested parties and thereby form a stronger voice together.&quot;</p>