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Libraries in the news | 4 Oct 2017


Charitable Trust delivers leisure and library services in Argyll,

Library Trust in Lambeth unhappy about deal with GLL,

Tory councillor in Barnet caught out for claims about libraries in  leaflet, 

Bath’s handling of library plans branded a huge waste of money,

Co-location of services in Cardigan,

Could scouts really take on the running of a library in Lancashire?

And job cuts on the cards in Norfolk….


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Libraries in the news | 3 Oct 2017


Salford Council claim to be opening more libraries and  extending library services, bucking the national trend of cuts and closures, 

MP in Durham speaks out on behalf of the most vulnerable who will be adversely affected by lack of access to library services,

Liverpool Central Library could act as a wedding venue as part of plans to generate income and cut costs of running libraries, 

Children protest about library closure in Polegate, East Sussex,

And the Podium is the preferred venue for co-located services in Bath….



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Libraries in the news | 2 Oct 2017

Consultation on library hours in Lancashire, 

Consultation in East Sussex on the closure of seven libraries unless communities step in and ceasing the mobile library service,

Resident pledges to fight library closure in Wigan after 12-week consultation realises just 48 responses,

And a ‘library access point’ established in North Somerset, open just 24 hours a week over four days…


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Libraries in the news | 1 Oct 2017

Consultation on library opening hours in Lancashire,

And group set up to monitor Warrington LiveWire….

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Lancashire Telegraph: 1 October
Lancashire library hours: have your say


Warrington Guardian: 1 October
New group to help see library plans made a reality’
A new libraries group will be set up to make sure LiveWire and the council honour plans to modernise the service.’

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Libraries in the news | 29 & 30 Sept 2017

Plans for creation of a co-located library to be run by the community in Shropshire,

North Lincolnshire plan to co-locate library services to ‘strengthen the offer’,

York Explore plan to renegotiate libraries contract when it goes out to tender for 2019 onwards,

Shared costs between Town and Country Council partnership in Powys sees a library ‘saved’

Concern about plans to cut opening hours in Lancashire libraries,

And a call for clear information to inform residents being consulted…

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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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