UK library news

Libraries in the news | 11 July 2017

The news includes:

Live updates from the Bath Deserves Better meeting, with Save Bath Library quoted,

A parish council’s plan to take on a Swindon library, with calls for support and volunteers,

North Yorkshire’s Bentham Library moves to a fist floor location and will be community-managed,

Greater detail on Lancashire’s pledge to re-open closed libraries,

Co-location of post office and library considered,

And comment article on issues around renting a space in a library for an event…


Local Gov: 11 July
Cutting services: a false economy?
…the Public Libraries and Museum Act 1964 requires library authorities to provide ‘a comprehensive and efficient library service’ for all persons who desire to make use of it and specifies particular factors to which such authorities must have regard.

However, the Act does not specify exactly what services a library authority must provide in order to comply with its duty. This means that a local authority has flexibility as to how it complies with its duties, allowing it to make effective use of its resources and deliver good quality services.’

Swindon Advertiser: 11 July
Beechcroft Road library to be turned into ‘thriving’ community hub
Parish council has agreed to take on the running of the library and calls for volunteers.

Bath Chronicle: 11 July
LIVE: Bath Deserves Better open meeting from St Swithin’s Church
inc. comments on libraries, including from Save Bath Libraries.

Bath Chronicle: 11 July
Bath & North East Somerset | Council statement on the library consultation in full

Bath Chronicle: 11 July
Bath & North East Somerset | Council outlines final two options for library site in Bath
The two sites which have been identified are the current library site and the One Stop Shop. Services will be co-located. Campaigners have fiercely opposed the second option. 

North Yorkshire County Council: 11 July
Press release | Bentham Library to celebrate move to new premises
Bentham became a community-managed library in April. The library now occupies the first floor at Pioneer Projects’ centre in King Street.

Burnley Express: 11 July
Lancashire | New chapter for axed libraries
Cabinet report recommends the phased reopening of 14 libraries, nine of which will be run by the county council and five as independent community libraries, and retaining a full service at six libraries which were due to close or offer a reduced service. Three former libraries cannot be reopened since leases for two buildings have been surrendered. The cabinet will also be asked to defer decisions relating to 12 other libraries.

Ely Standard: 11 July
Comment | Service. What Service?
Problems arising after hiring a library space for an event.

Bexley Times: 11 July
Crayford Library could be the new home of the town’s post office as consultation launches




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