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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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UK libraries in the news | 13 Feb 2018

Wiltshire reinstate mobile library service to a village after protest at its withdrawal, 

Hub with library in Warrington opens,

Reading consider cutting library opening hours,

Suffolk councillor encourages public to support library by becoming trustees – Duties include fundraising,  

Cambridgeshire approve new charges for libraries including a premium membership scheme and charging for PC use after first free half hour,

And Lostock Hall Library is the tenth library to reopen in Lancashire….


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UK libraries in the news | 9 Feb 2018

Kathy Settle steps down as Libraries Taskforce CEO,

Save Highbridge Library campaign launched in Somerset,

Plans to close &/or co-locate libraries in North Somerset,

Plans to make Cambridgeshire libraries financially self-sufficient, 

Will opening hours in Reading libraries be cut by more than 20%?

Can contingency fund reserves and CIL money be used to keep Bristol’s libraries open?

And Trafford stops charging library fines to encourage people to use libraries….

The Bookseller: 9 February
Settle to step down as Libraries Taskforce chief next month
With comment from Tim Coates 9 February
Somerset | Save Highbridge Library! Campaign launched to halt closure plan


This is the West Country: 9 February
Somerset | Save our library: Residents set up campaign to save Highbridge Library


North Somerset Times: 9 February
Libraries face uncertain future as council seeks cuts


Cambridge Independent: 9 February
Cambridgeshire libraries to get new lease of life
Plans to make libraries financially self-sufficient

Reading Chronicle: 9 February
Reading Borough Council will meet on February 19 to discuss the latest batch of savings
Will opening hours be slashed?


Bristol Post: 9 February
We can save Bristol’s libraries, parks and create new school places – Lib Dems claim
Suggestions that part of contingency fund reserves and CIL money can be used 


The Guardian: 9 February
Trafford becomes first UK council to abolish all library fines



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Uk libraries in the news | 7 Feb 2018

ACE Chair, Nicholas Serota, on libraries,

Campaign to save libraries in Somerset,

Library campaigners in Leicester devise an alternative plan for co-location, 

Derby investing in three of the few remaining libraries,

Will library hours be slashed in West Dunbartonshire?

A library recently save in North Lanarkshire under threat again,

Refurbished co-located library in Kirklees with more lettable space…

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UK libraries in the news | 6 Feb 2018

Carillion and libraries, including financial wrangling,

Warrington LiveWire’s new Hub including library to open later than planned,

A letter in support of libraries and the library workers who make the service what it is, 

Call to make Croydon libraries ‘relevant again’. How? Work from them.

Stay of execution for libraries in Northamptonshire but drive to get community to take them on,

A Rhondda Cynon Taf library may move to community hub,

And a pub starts a ‘library’ to attract more customers, with a name and shame system for overdue books… 

The Guardian: 6 February
Former Carillion directors branded ‘delusional’ at MPs’ Q&A
‘During two lengthy sessions before MPs from the business select committee and counterparts on the work and pensions committee, former Carillion directors:

– Denied being “asleep at the wheel” of the company
– Denied prioritising dividends over pension payments
– Passed up the chance to offer to give bonuses back
– Blamed Brexit, Qatar, the 2017 general election and each other
– Admitted failing to question the company’s business model


Huffington Post: 6 February
Councils Face 20% Fee Hike To Bail Out Carillion Deals



Warrington Guardian: 6 February
First look inside the new Great Sankey Neighbourhood Hub
The Hub includes a library facility. See comments


Norfolk Eastern Daily Press: 6 February
Thank your lucky stars for libraries


Croydon Citizen: 6 February
Why do Croydonians still commute to work?
Amongst the suggestions in the article:
‘Or, why not make Croydon’s libraries relevant again and set up shop there with your laptop?’

See comments.

BBC News: 6 February
Northamptonshire councillors ‘appalled’ by finances
Revisions to the planned budget, announced on Monday, including a stay of execution for under-threat library services.

The council will continue to provide financial support to libraries for another “transition year” before community-managed libraries are established in April next year.


Wales Online: 6 February
Rhondda Cynon Taf | Mountain Ash Library could move to council’s first community hub
Proposal for library and council services, all under one roof, with cafe and meeting rooms. Four-week consultation.

Melton Times: 6 February
Pub near Melton starts new chapter with library opening 
‘Library’ created to attract more customers to the pub. Library card issued.  Name and shame system for loans not returned on time.


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UK libraries in the news | 4 Feb 2018

The troubles in Northamptonshire and links to the Libraries Taskforce

Plans for protest meeting over closure plans for Highbridge Library, Somerset,

Andrea Leadsom MP visits Middleton Cheney Library, just one of the Northamptonshire libraries under threat 

Cheshire East shelve plans to close libraries,

Six groups and organisations indicate interest in running a library in Essex as part of the consultation on mobile libraries…

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