Support for National Libraries Day

Support for National Libraries Day

An annual National Libraries Day looks set to become a reality after widespread support for the scheme at an early planning meeting held this morning (26th May).

The idea of an annual day to celebrate libraries was first mooted by author and campaigner Alan Gibbons in the wake of the nationwide library protests on Save Our Libraries Day on 5th February. Representatives from over 15 organisations, including the Publishers Association, Bloomsbury, the Crime Writers Association, the School Libraries Association, the Society of Authors and Voices for the Library, vowed support for the scheme at today's event, chaired by CILIP chief executive Annie Mauger.

The day, likely to be held in February, will encourage people to join and support their libraries and run read-in events and parties across the country. It will include public libraries and libraries in schools, colleges and universities. 

Gibbons said: “We see National Libraries Day as a positive day of celebration to promote the whole culture of reading for pleasure, information and engagement whether you read your traditional books or on your laptop or e-reader. It is time to make reading a universal culture. We want people to go to their local school or public library and use their School Library Service. Use it. Join it. Love it."

Mauger added: “Save Our Libraries Day was successful because individuals and communities that deeply care about their libraries got out there and made a noise. People love libraries; National Libraries Day will be an amazing opportunity to show how deeply they care.”