Our documents

Here are some documents that we have produced as part of our campaign:

We ♥ Libraries launch statement (09/10/2011)
“We are pleased to announce the launch of We ♥ Libraries – a people-driven campaign for everyone in North Herts and Stevenage who loves their libraries and wants to show it. We aim to celebrate everything that our public libraries bring to our communities and do for our citizens, as well as standing up for them in times of trouble.”
We ♥ Libraries: Submission on libraries and localism to Hertfordshire County Council (14/11/2011)
“This submission from We ♥ Libraries is intended to set out some concerns
we have regarding library opening hours, the recent proposal to run pilots giving community groups the use of libraries at times when they would otherwise be closed, and the idea of opening the doors to the public with a limited service on offer at these times. We would also like to take this opportunity to give an overview of our group and goals.”
Letter to Justin Tomlinson MP, chair of the newly-convened All-Party Parliamentary Group on Libraries (11/12/2011)
“A cost-cutting decision was taken by Hertfordshire County Council in April to cut library opening hours by a third and to restrict mobile library services. Now those cuts have come into force and people are facing serious reductions in access to the service as a result. Additionally, we have seen the dismantling of central library resources and reference services in favour of a cheaper option and the closure of the schools library service because it is unable to make enough money while operating on a trading basis.”
We Heart Libraries: Submission to the CMS Committee Public Inquiry into Library Closures (23/01/2012)
“Hertfordshire has a Conservative administration consisting of councillors who combine a welcome belief in the intrinsic and practical value of the public library service with a strong commitment to localism and to redefining the way their organisation will provide its services in the future. This has resulted in a situation where no library branches in the county have closed recently – something we very much welcome – but where we have still experienced very significant cuts.”
National Libraries Day 2012 frequently asked questions (29/01/2012)
“National Libraries Day 2012 (February 4) is the first UK-wide celebration of libraries. It
aims to highlight the value and importance of all kinds of libraries, including the public
library service. It is supported nationwide by groups including The Reading Agency, The
Literacy Trust, the Women’s Institute, The School Library Association, Booktrust, the
Publishers’ Association and CILIP, which is the professional body for librarians and library
staff.”
Response to Hertfordshire Libraries consultation (December 2013)
“We are strongly supportive of the idea of libraries as community hubs, as they provide a role in promoting the educational and economic well-being of a community and are natural partners with services that look to other aspects of citizens’ lives. However, they can only fulfil this role if they retain their independence from the agendas of groups that may wish to run them, and if they continue to offer the full range of services beyond just book lending.”