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.
Campaigners have come forward with a mixed response following the publication of a report from a Parliamentary inquiry into library closures.
An inquiry held by MPs into public library closures is about to publish a long-awaited report into its findings.
So, what’s been going on in the wider world of public libraries recently?. Here’s a quick catch-up post with a few items of recent local and national library news that you might like to know about.
We’ve recently given evidence to a national public inquiry into library cuts – and this post summarises some of the arguments that we made.
Last week we heard some news that has the potential to be game-changing – a parliamentary watchdog has launched an new inquiry into public library closures in England.
One of the actions we suggest to show your support of libraries is to write to your MP and let him or her know your views on closures or hours cuts. We did this recently as part of a bid by campaigners nationwide to get the issue of library closures brought before a Parliamentary watchdog – and received a reply that is worth a closer look.