Councillors to review library performance

Tomorrow the councillors who oversee Hertfordshire’s library service will meet to review half-yearly performance – and they will hear how it is on course to meet its targets.

YouGov finds “Public libraries not dead yet”

Public libraries might not be quite as firmly on their last legs as naysayers would have you believe, according to research from the pollster YouGov.

Parliament consulting on Arts Council role

The role of Arts Council England (ACE) in supporting public libraries could be put under the spotlight with the announcement of an inquiry into its work.

National Libraries Day 2014: How will you celebrate?

What are you doing for this year’s National Libraries Day? The annual celebration of libraries of all shapes and sizes, all around the UK, is happening this year on Saturday February 8.

Government advice on volunteer-run libraries ‘not approved by ministers’

Advice promoting volunteer-run libraries was put together by civil servants and never signed off by ministers, according to an investigation by a library staff organisation.

Herts Libraries’ January 2014 newsletter: Romance and the feel-good factor

The Hertfordshire Libraries e-newsletter for January is now availalbe – and in this issue you can find books to make you feel better, learn about the Romantic Novel of the Year and get up to speed with digital library services.

We Heart Libraries urges residents to take part in libraries consultation

The key issue for libraries in North Herts and Stevenage right now is the Hertfordshire Libraries consultation – and We Heart Libraries believes it is essential that as many people as possible take part.

Herts Libraries’ December 2013 e-newsletter: Libraries consultation and cheaper DVDs

Hertfordshire Libraries has just published its e-newsletter for December – and in this issue you can find out how to take part in the libraries consultation, get Christmas opening times and learn about changes to DVD rental prices.

Libraries: An A-Z of why we care

If you’d like to make a positive contribution to the debate about the future of libraries in the UK – then check out The Library A to Z – a new project from campaign group Voices for the Library.

Literacy figures strengthen call for school libraries

A lack of progress for the UK in global reading, science and maths league tables has led librarians to call for school libraries to be better-funded.