What you can do

With plenty of voices proclaiming (totally wrongly, in our view) that libraries are old-fashioned, irrelevant, unpopular or a costly indulgence that society can’t afford, it’s up to all of us who support them to make the opposite case as strongly as we possibly can. The consequences of not doing that might be that, in five years time, we no longer have a comprehensive public library service to defend.

So, roll up your sleeves and jump in. Below are some ideas for actions you can take to help influence public policy, spread the word and simply let people know how much our local libraries are worth to us. Just choose as few or as many as you like, whatever suits you and your circumstances.

And, of course, if you have a good idea that we haven’t included, we want to hear it.

Join the library
If you think libraries are important to the North Herts community, the best way to demonstrate that is to join – in person or online. More here…
Use libraries regularly – and pass on your comments
Libraries can help you achieve all sorts of goals – from keeping up with local events, finding new activities, studying or reading something different. More here…
Join our campaign
One of the best ways to support your local library is to get in contact with other people in our district who feel the same. Find out how to join in. More here…
Keep up to date with what’s happening
There are a few ways you can keep in touch with what is going on with Hertfordshire’s library service. Find out about some of them here. More here…
Write to your county councillor
If your library is important to you, if you rely on the services on offer or if you have any comments to make about the new opening hours, your county councillor should be your first port of call. More here…
Write to your MP
MPs can influence national policies on matters like libraries and culture, local services, reading and copyright, meaning they’re well worth getting in touch with. More here…
Write to your MEP
So far we’ve been talking a lot about local government finance and library funding being curtailed. Now we need to consider another issue – digital copyright and the future of lending libraries. More here…
Send the Libraries Minister a postcard
Many library campaigners feel that Ed Vaizey, the current Minister with responsibility for libraries, could take a more hands-on role in protecting the public library service and emphasising its importance. Why not send him a postcard and tell him so? More here…
Contribute your story to Voices for the Library
Your contribution to this site, which gives library users a voice and a chance to influence the national conversation, will help make the point that libraries are valued and valuable. More here…
Write to the local papers
A letter to the local paper stands a good chance of being published and can help raise the profile of your library and its services. More here…