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UK libraries in the news | 24 Feb 2018

Village in South Gloucestershire loses mobile library service. Volunteers create a ‘community library’ open for 2 hours a fortnight in a village hall,

Derbyshire’s plans to be an ‘enterprising council’, with plans to cut jobs and increase outsourcing and  offloading the running of services onto volunteers,

Cornwall Council’s devolution programme sees the running of Redruth Library and One Stop Shop passing to the town council,

Oxford Central Library revamped to become Westgate Library – a co-location community hub model that is not going down well with users of the service

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UK libraries in the news | 23 Feb 2018

Aberdeen Council ditches plans for trust to run libraries but only after spending £370K, 

Rumours of and support for co-location for North Ayrshire’s Largs Library,

And protest as a Cambridgeshire library set to be replaced by flats and a community hub with library

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UK libraries in the news | 22 Feb 2018

Save Highbridge Library campaign protest outside Somerset Council meeting

New library for Meopham in Kent still within the grounds of a school, 

Concerns about literacy levels of GCSE students, 

Suffolk consults on change to library opening hours,

Bromley library workers vote to strike over outsourcing chaos after GLL took charge

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UK libraries in the news | 21 Feb 2018

Cuts to Welsh libraries including staffing down by 20%, 

New research reveals that the number of toddlers being read to daily is in steep decline,

Walsall Central library works more costly than expected but the project to create a cafe, history centre, archives, library and computer lounge will still go ahead,

Protest to save Somerset’s Wiveliscombe Library from closure,

Huge support to stop Somerset closing Wellington Library, 

Surrey cut newspapers to save money but will accept donated copies, 

Reading consults on plans to cut library opening hours…

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UK libraries in the news | 20 Feb 2018

Automated system proposed for Staffordshire libraries,

Results of YouGov poll commissioned by CILIP on sources of trustworthy information, 

Co-location for Knighton Library in Powys,

Lambeth Tories pledge to save libraries from closure, 

Ed Vaizey’s record on libraries remembered, 

Libraries Unlimited looking for new home for library after plans to co-locate it fall through, 

And police may set up in local libraries in Birmingham as part of cost-saving measures

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UK libraries in the news | 19 Feb 2018

Petition set up to Save Highbridge Library in Somerset, 

Salford community group steps forward to run library with post office in Bath & NE Somerset,

Two new charity Trustees appointed to Devon’s Libraries Unlimited,

Library in Suffolk forced to close every Sunday after anti-social behaviour problems,

Library in Yorkshire closes for refurbishment, to make room for other services and a new meeting room

 

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UK libraries in the news | 17 & 18 Feb 2018

Latest round-up of library news by Alan Wylie – outsourcing, volunteer-led libraries and more,

Campaign to Save Highbridge Library in Somerset strengthens, including support from Unite,

The value of libraries for health and wellbeing,

MP backs fight to save Cheddar Library in Somerset – focus on keeping doors open,

Library campaigners in Kirklees make clear that professional staff in libraries is crucial to a quality library service

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UK libraries in the news | 16 Feb 2018

Kirklees consults on libraries until April 2, 

Cabinet member makes no library closures promise in Camden, 

Article on the value of libraries in combatting loneliness, 

Concerns that a library in North Ayrshire may be relocated, 

Protests continue over Lambeth’s reopened Carnegie Library,

Herefordshire still considering outsourcing libraries, 

Protest in Somerset to save Highbridge Library, 

Library in North Yorks, run by a charity, is closed temporarily due to anti-social behaviour – Volunteers subjected to abuse,

And CILIP points out the statutory status of public libraries; they are not a discretionary service…

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UK libraries in the news | 15 Feb 2018

Plans for community library in Bury will 700 books on offer, 50 volunteers already and at least £22K a year to raise to keep the building open, 

Alarm at charges, creating a two-tier system in Cambridgeshire,

Hearts to show support for Cullercoats Library and say no to cuts,

Bucks County council’s plans to slash ‘valuable’ library opening hours is scrapped,

Accusation that Somerset is putting pressure on residents to run libraries or lose them in a sham consultation,

New Chief Executive for Suffolk Libraries

And library hours slashed in West Dunbartonshire to fund moveable shelves and bar!

 

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UK libraries in the news | 14 Feb 2018

Fight to save Somerset’s Highbridge library gets former MP’s support, 

Plans for a post office, community shop and library under one roof in Lancashire, 

Library loans in Hampshire are down in past two years which the Cabinet member puts down to technology, 

Bath & NE Somerset begin works to create One Stop Shop and library,

Call for at least 25 volunteers to help deliver a learn to read fluently scheme in West Norfolk,

Concerns about plans to close or relocate library services in North Somerset,

Library and wellbeing hub gets go ahead in North Lincolnshire

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