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Libraries in the news | 31 August 2017


Volunteers sought to run ten libraries in Derby,

Libraries have a valuable role to play in signposting people to health services and information,

NE Lincolnshire consult on reducing library opening hours,

Defend the Ten hold candle-lit protest for Carnegie Library in Lambeth,

A library in Walsall will reopen its doors but only as a volunteer-run book exchange, open just ten hours a week over two days with an army of fifty volunteers,

Workshops will be run by Cambridgeshire CC to get input from residents on the future running of libraries in Huntingdonshire,

And a resident catalogues the devastating effects of cuts on the Wigan library service….


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Libraries in the news | 30 August 2017

Will UK libraries get a single digital presence?

Ongoing IT issues in Edinburgh’s libraries

Planning decision by B&NES Council on new Doctor’s Surgery complex inc. a library is delayed

And are two Fife libraries really earmarked for closure?

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DIGIT News: 30 August
City Of Glitcherature: IT Leaves Edinburgh Libraries Bare
Problematic IT systems have left Edinburgh’s libraries unable to handle book requests since February.


Fife Today: 30 August
Levenmouth’s libraries earmarked for closure, claims councillor
Methil and Leven’s libraries rumoured to be closing but claim refuted by Fife Council


The Bookseller: 30 August
British Library to investigate ‘single digital presence’ for public libraries



Information Age: 30 August
UK public libraries to become a ‘single digital presence’?
The British Library is to lead an 18-month scoping project to establish the demand for, and possible shape of, a ‘single digital presence’ for UK public libraries.



Midsomer Norton & Radstock Journal: 30 August
New Doctor’s Surgery decision faces delay
Decision on application for new Doctor’s Surgery, Children’s Centre, Library and Community Kitchen deferred by B&NES Council


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Libraries in the news | 29 August 2017

It’s all about hubs and co-location…

Community centre in South Tyneside to be redeveloped to create a community hub, which will include a library,

Three libraries in Calderdale to be redeveloped to create ‘locality hubs’,

Library moves as part of redevelopment plans in Devon,

Parking services in East Sussex may relocate to offices in Eastbourne Library….


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Libraries in the news | 27 August 2017


New £9m Halifax Central Library to open 5 September,

Library co-located to children’s centre in North Somerset,

Bath library stats debated,

Friends group launch new website,

And libraries promoted as a money-saving tip as children prepare to return to school….

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The Guardian: 26 August
Blood, bookworms, bosoms and bottoms: the secret life of libraries


Dorset Echo: 27 August
Friends of Weymouth Library (FOWL) has launched a new website to enhance their work
Two comments so far…

Bath Chronicle: 27 August
LETTER: Let’s get my library figures in order


Weston & Somerset Mercury: 27 August
North Somerset | Date for new-look library to reopen announced
Yatton children’s centre will reopen as children’s centre and library. Plans to introduce self-service access.


Huddersfield Examiner: 27 August
Calderdale | Opening date set for new £9m Halifax central library


Coventry Telegraph: 27 August
Eight ways savvy parents can save money as kids go back to school
Includes advice to use school and local public libraries. It’s free!


UK library news

Libraries in the news | 25 August 2017

Charity running Northumberland libraries & leisure centres lacks operational business plan, 

Volunteers running libraries in North Yorkshire list the challenges faced, 

New volunteer library in Sunderland operates honesty system for loans,

And, could libraries be used to deliver services if plans to close children’s centres in Bucks go ahead?


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Libraries in the news | 24 August 2017

Library cuts in Wales and Lincolnshire, 

Plans for Scunthorpe Central Library in N Lincolnshire to become a ‘community hub’,

Maidenhead – reassurances re privacy at new customer services desks given,

And an ACE-funded Makerspace for Hull library…

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The Bookseller: 24 August
Library cuts planned in Wales and Lincolnshire



Scunthorpe Telegraph: 24 August
North Lincolnshire | £1m makeover set to give new lease of life to Scunthorpe Central Library
The Central Library project includes creating new meeting rooms and activity spaces, refurbishing the library, creating a new shared ground floor reception and a range of self-serve access and improved IT services.



Maidenhead Advertiser: 24 August
Library staff assure residents there is privacy at new customer service desks




Hull Daily Mail: 24 August
Hull Central Library gets 3D printer and other hi-tech gadgets after £300k investment
ACE funding to create a Makerspace/Fablab 



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Libraries in the news | 22 August 2017

Plans in Powys to halve the cost of running libraries via ‘community partnerships’,

Library users urge NE Lincolnshire CC to halt proposed closure plans,

Newport’s library opening hours down 22%,

Library visit figures are up in Lincolnshire,

Plans for a new hub in Topsham, Devon, 

And the second ACE podcast – Libraries as a social enabler…..


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Libraries in the news | 21 August 2017

Helensburgh Library to be run by charitable leisure trust in Argyle & Bute, 

In Aberdeen, a ‘Community Hub’ in Tillydrone is to be built, including retail, creche, cafe and library,

An article celebrating the success on GLL’s running of libraries in Lincolnshire in the first year,

Whilst North East Lincolnshire consider reducing opening hours, including closure of libraries for an additional day a week.

Plus, ACE is producing a series of weekly podcasts on the importance of libraries; the first focuses on young people in libraries……


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