Campaigning

If you want to make your voice heard, or influence public policy on issues that matter to you, here are some organisations that can help. They are campaigning on libraries, literacy, education and much more besides.

38 Degrees
An online campaign movement that aims to bring people together with the aim of taking action on issues that matter to them, and creating real change. More here…
Campaign for the Book
A campaign by children’s author Alan Gibbons to stand up for the central importance of reading for pleasure, the defence of public libraries and librarians, and the crucial role of the school librarian. More here…
CILIP Campaign Toolkit
Materials produced by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals to help inspire library campaigns. More here…
The Library Campaign
An independent national organisation and registered charity set up in 1984 to support Friends of Library groups and to campaign for improved services in publicly-funded libraries. If you want to set up a friends’ group for your local area, start here. More here…
Public Libraries News
This website, run by a public librarian in the north-west called Ian Anstice, keeps track of all the developments in library services around the country, and the activities of a huge range of public library activists and campaigners. More here…
UNISON’s Library Service in Peril briefing
The union representing library and culture staff has produced a briefing on threats to the public library service. More here…
Voices for the Library
A librarian-led project to create somewhere for everyone who loves libraries to share their stories and experiences of the value of public libraries. More here…
Women’s Institute Love your Libraries campaignk
The Women’s Institute is campaigning to defend the public library service in the UK and has a section on its website full of ideas to help its members campaign on the subject. More here…