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Libraries in the news | 27 Sept 2017

A librarian speaks out about volunteers in libraries,

Reading borough council asks for cash and book donations for their libraries,

Security beefed up in Leicestershire to enable an increase in self-service access to libraries.

Salford introduce seven new service points and increase number of self-service machines, 

Outrage in Essex over threat to mobile libraries, 

Lambeth archives move and Minet Library changes to self-service,

Bournemouth library staff now employed by Poole Council as a result of a merger.

Praise from 82 year old in Swindon for parish council who have taken on running of a Swindon library, 

And as East Sussex consult on library closures, residents oppose the closure of Pevensey Bay Library…

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Libraries in the news | 25 Sept 2017


Bath & NE Somerset Council library stock spending hits ten-year low,

Are there no trained library staff in a Cornwall library run by a Town Council?

A library reliant on volunteers and ‘vital’ donations,

Trust running services in East Renfrewshire report increase in library memberships,

Bexley Council introduces a Workary in a library – paid for co-working space,

And seven libraries in East Sussex face closure….

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Libraries in the news | 24 Sept 2017


Concerns in Staffordshire that visits to libraries and issue figures are both down & that staffless library access will lead to damage of stock and equipment, 

More concerns about staffless access to libraries in North Somerset, which leads to Parish Council choosing not to relocate over fears this will impact on their staff’s work and safety.

And volunteers interested in taking on running of libraries in Derby kept in the dark….

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Libraries in the news | 22 Sept 2017


Total loss of faith in Bath,

East Sussex plan for libraries criticised as ill-advised and discriminatory,

Author, S.F. Said, defends the vital role of children’s librarians, criticising changes in Haringey,

Plans to drastically downsize Ealing library if move goes ahead,

And Welsh councils call for an end to the cuts which have resulted in the hollowing out of public services… 

Save Bath Libraries campaign

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Libraries in the news | 21 Sept 2017


Suspicions in East Sussex that closure of libraries is a done deal

Kirklees Library may find a new home in community building in a deal with a developer,

Roath Library, closed due to health and safety issues, offered up by Cardiff Council for community asset transfer,

Consultation on libraries in Fife,

New Central Library planned for Ealing, located within a shopping centre,

And in North Lincolnshire, will Scunthorpe lose a squash court in order to gain a library? Yes, really!

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Libraries in the news | 20 Sept 2017


Parish council in Swindon crowdfunding to stock library they now plan to run with volunteers.  It’s not going well…,

Hale End Library saved in current location as Waltham Forest listen to those campaigning for this,

Ossett Library may remain in the Town Hall if Wakefield Council have their way,

And promise of seven new libraries in Salford but unclear how this will be achieved given the budget….

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