UK library news

Libraries in the news | 14 July 2017

Screen Shot 2017-01-12 at 20.55.23Greater detail on the plans to reopen Lancashire libraries, 

Protests about plans to cut Bristol libraries,

MP seeks an alternative to volunteer-run libraries in Derby,

Town Council to take on the running of a Cornwall library,

Views sought on library services in Somerset, 

And Scotland’s plan to introduce a national strategy for school libraries, but concerns expressed about the funding to support this…

Lancashire Post: 14 July
Closed down libraries will reopen
Proposals agreed by cabinet will see the phased reopening of 14 libraries, nine of which will be run by the county council and five as independent community libraries. 

A full service will also be retained at 6 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, and the ownership of one building transferred to a school. 

Cabinet also agreed to defer decisions relating to 12 other libraries to allow time for further consideration.


Lancashire Telegraph: 14 July
Labour questions cost of saving East Lancashire libraries


Blackpool Gazette: 14 July
Library team prepared to hand back control to county
Gala group will hand back control of Thornton library but will form a friends group to assist, fundraise and be prepared to step in in the future, if needed.


Bristol 24/7: 14 July
Storm of protest against library cuts in Bristol
Protest as 17 or Bristol’s 27 libraries could close


Derby Telegraph: 14 July
Derby North MP Chris Williamson thinks there could be an alternative to community-run libraries


Pirate FM: 14 July
Cornwall | Future of St Austell library is secured
Town Council to take on running of library


Wellington Weekly News: 14 July
Somerset | Survey seeks library views


TES: 14 July
Scotland | Saga of school libraries close to a denouement
After six years of lobbying, education secretary agrees to lend a hand and pen a national strategy – Behind paywall.



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