Date set for National Libraries Day 2014

Date set for National Libraries Day 2014

National Libraries Day next year will take place on Saturday 8th February 2014.

The day will round off a week of celebrations in public, school, college, university and professional libraries.

In 2013, more than 500 events were held across the country for National Libraries Day, including author visits, live music performances, comedy gigs and behind the scene tours.

The annual event is organised via a mix of charities, local authorities, library campaigners and staff. The steering campaign is made up of CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, the Reading Agency, the School Library Association and the Society of Chief Librarians.

CILIP president Phil Bradley said: "In the 21st century libraries are more necessary than ever. We are in the middle of an information revolution and librarians and information professionals are central to it. Their contribution to society is immense and wide-ranging and includes helping people to find work, supporting the government’s digital by default agenda, improving literacy and encouraging reading for pleasure.

"National Libraries Day is a celebration of what is great about our libraries and librarians I urge everybody to join the fun and send a clear message that they are much loved and much needed.”

The 2013 National Libraries Day was held on 9th February, and saw libraries minister Ed Vaizey reading Julia Donaldson's The Gruffalo to children at a library in his Oxfordshire constituency.