A national gathering of library campaigners in London earlier this month has sought to set the direction of future activism and advocacy.
On Tuesday last week members of We ♥ Libraries attended Speak Up for Libraries – a national lobby held at the Methodist Central Hall in Westminster to highlight the scale of library cuts around the country and to call on MPs to help mitigate them.
Today library champions and campaigners, authors, trade unionists, politicians and literacy advocates from around the country gathered in central London to make their point nationally – that government support for libraries is now long overdue.
If you’re a library fan who is worried about what is happening to the public library service nationally, and would like to speak up against cuts in places like Brent, Gloucestershire, Doncaster, Surrey and the Isle of Wight, you’ll have a great opportunity to show your support next month.
The national demonstration is here – library campaigners from around the UK are due to lobby Parliament on Tuesday March 13 to protest at cuts to services around the country and the continuing uncertainty over the government’s role in defending them.
October has seen a development in Hertfordshire Library Service that gives us strong cause for concern – a decision to find ways of allowing voluntary and community groups to make use of our libraries at times when they are usually closed to the public.
People campaigning to protect public libraries around the country suffered a serious setback this week when a judge declined to grant a judicial review to stop the London Borough of Brent closing six of its 12 libraries.