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UK libraries in the news | 16 Jul 2018

Campaigners lose High Court battle to save Crown Street Library but vow to fight on

Leader of the Council to sit down with groups wishing to take on the running 21 libraries in Northamptonshire following weeks of confusion,

Devon’s lauded Libraries Unlimited exposed…

Photo credit:  Amber Ash

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An open letter to Libraries Unlimited South West, library staff and library members…

Reproduced here with permission from the author:

An open letter to Libraries Unlimited South West, Library staff and Library members – some observations following the DCC Scrutiny Committee of 12th June, 2018.

To whom it may concern,

I would like to say thank you to my friends and (ex)colleagues.  Over 12 years I met and worked with wonderful people.  I truly appreciate knowing you.

“The library service has lost its way.  Every charity has a purpose which it must fulfil.  Libraries Unlimited has forgotten this and has become focused, instead, on growing their organisation.”

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UK libraries in the news | 15 Jul 2018

Fife’s Pittenween Library reaches one-year milestone as a volunteer-run library with nearly 250 library users, 

Cambourne Town Council in Cornwall relocates to library they will now run…

 

The Courier: 14 July
Fife | Volunteers start a new chapter in Pittenweem library’s story

Started with just seven volunteers a year ago. The volunteer-run library has nearly 250 library users with a stock of 4,000 books. Challenges include no space for new books, the need to raise £5K per annum just to keep the library open and an estimated £10K to bring heating and plumbing up to an acceptable standard.

 

 

Falmouth Packet: 15 July
Cornwall | Camborne Council moves into library

 

 

 

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UK libraries in the news | 13 Jul 2018

Call for decision on the fate of Somerset’s library service to be made by full council rather than just the cabinet members,

School crowdfunds for library for pupils and the community,

Friends of Cricklewood Library in Brent still waiting to access new building to set up a volunteer-run library,

Ealing plan to close Pitshanger Library,

Liverpool Central Library has won The Bookseller’s Library of the Year Award 2018

 

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UK libraries in the news | 10 Jul 2018

Hereford to explore outsourcing libraries,

Waltham Forest to replace one library with a new one and refurbish another – both to be multi-use spaces,

Reduction in opening hours for Reading libraries,

Borough council joins fight to save four libraries under threat in Northampton,

Sheffield library visitor numbers down,

7,000 respond to library consultation in Somerset,

St Helens gets book share in a shopping centre….

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UK libraries in the news | 8 Jul 2018

Library campaigning,

Positive and negative narratives around public libraries explored by Leon Bolton,

Pembrokeshire’s Nyland Library will go as new hub created, 

Save Highbridge Library group form committee of ‘different minded people’ with different views on how to save the library.  Town council still considering whether to contribute,

New library for Bracknell & self-service…

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UK libraries in the news | 4 Jul 2018

All under-threat Northants libraries to close end of Sept before any reopen as volunteer-run concerns,

Banksy’s support for Bristol’s under-threat libraries,

Town council considers support for Somerset’s Highbridge Library while Save Highbridge Library advise caution,

Norfolk trialling pop-up libraries in community venues to replace mobile library service; volunteer-run libraries also being explored…

 

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