Please book a 
FREE place to attend The Library Campaign’s AGM and the open discussion that follows to explore the issues surrounding libraries and to help the future direction and priorities of The Library Campaign. 

To book, please send the Chair, Laura Swaffield, an email on or leave a message on 020 7587 3517.

Everyone is welcome

You need not be a member of The Library Campaign to attend, although only members can vote at the AGM. And we always welcome new members to support our work!

New blood on the committee is always welcome. Why not come along to find out more?


The Library Campaign needs YOU!

YOUR ideas…

YOUR input…

YOUR help!

We do hope you will join us for the day….and for those not currently members, we hope that you will join The Library Campaign!


BBC News : 28th August
BBC signs partnership with Libraries NI to promote reading

Blog Preston : 28th August
Future of Preston and South Ribble libraries and children’s centres decided
detailed report

That’s Lancashire | TV report : 27th August

 VIDEO : Campaigners continue to fight for Lancashire’s libraries – Lancashire Headline News

Northern Echo : 19th August
Three cheers for lawyer in last ditch attempt to save Darlington library


Northern Echo : 16th August
Last-ditch legal challenge to save Darlington library

THE GUARDIAN : 26th August
Jeremy Corbyn promises to reverse arts spending cuts


THE BOOKSELLER : 26th August
Corbyn pledges to reverse cuts to arts spending and develop a national policy for libraries


Blackpool Gazette : 26th August
Lancashire Council chiefs at war in ‘cheek of the devil’ row
Lancashire Tories have been accused of “having the cheek of the devil” after they launched an online Save Our Services petition just days before the Labour-run County Council is to reveal the names of some 100 buildings set for closure.


Morpeth Herald : 26th August
Northumberland | Letter: ‘Change is the best option’
from the Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture


About My Area : 26th August
Mid Suffolk District Council buys middle school site for redevelopment
The purchase of this site also includes community buildings which are home to a library run by Suffolk Libraries and ………
Mid Suffolk will now work closely with these groups on continuing to provide much valued local facilities.

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Public Libraries News : 24th August
Editorial | A Labour library mess-up and the police in libraries

Coventry Telegraph : 25th August
Letter | ‘Anyone who thinks this is a good idea has no concept of what a library really is’

Western Telegraph : 25th August
Trade union hits out at Pembrokeshire County Council £700k savings plans for leisure and tourism services

York Press : 25th August
New mobile library plan after closure
A new mobile library is set to serve residents in Haxby and Wigginton for the next couple of years, following the sudden closure of the branch.

Daily Record : 25th August
North Lanarkshire | Chapelhall Library’s opening hours cut by more than 25% to save cash


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LGA : 24th August
Council library staff trained to help people file police reports|

Infoism : 24th August
Public libraries, police and the normalisation of surveillance

West Briton : 24th August
Cornwall | Upton Cross library facing closure as council calls on mobile service for villagers

ITV News : 23rd August
Police station counter services to move to libraries in pilot scheme in Norfolk
inc video report

THE BOOKSELLER : 23rd August
Corbyn’s ‘ineffectiveness’ meant Labour library campaign was ‘wasted’

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Image by Samantha Galbraith (@sgalbraith47) used with permission.
Contact the artist at for orders or inquiries.

THE GUARDIAN : 16th August
Library use in England fell dramatically over last decade, figures show

Coventry Telegraph : 16th August
Could Coventry’s libraries go online to save cash?
Books could be ordered online and collected from a community centre instead of a library as part of the latest plans.

The Star : 16th August
Sheffield | Letter | ‘Libraries need staff’

Lancashire Telegraph : 16th August
Waiting game as 12-week consultation period on council buildings draws to a close

Image taken at event with storyteller John Kirk, at Wibsley Library in Bradford, West Yorkshire
Image taken at event with storyteller John Kirk, at Wibsley Library in Bradford, West Yorkshire

Northern Ireland library cuts scrapped

Libraries Taskforce : 8th August
‘Basic data set – first steps’ — Kathy Settle

Newbury Today : 8th August
Key report on future of libraries will be made public

The Star : 8th August
Sheffield | Letter:  ‘A kind of library’

Daily Echo : 8th August
PHOTOS: See inside new Woolston Library in Southampton


Image taken at event with storyteller John Kirk, at Wibsley Library in Bradford, West Yorkshire
Image taken at event with storyteller John Kirk, at Wibsley Library in Bradford, West Yorkshire

Newtownabbey Times : 6th August
N.Ireland | Hands Off Our Libraries campaign ‘celebrating victory’

Rossendale Free Press : 5th August
Lancashire | Small cost of keeping libraries open should shock us all

Minster FM : 5th August
York Plans for new community hub at Burnholme
with a new library


Image taken at event with storyteller John Kirk, at Wibsley Library in Bradford, West Yorkshire
Image taken at event with storyteller John Kirk, at Wibsley Library in Bradford, West Yorkshire

CILIP : 20th July
Hollowing out of children’s library services? New survey


Derby Telegraph : 25th July
Nearly half of Derby library jobs at risk


The Star : 25th July
Urgent plea to ‘use Sheffield libraries or lose them’ as volunteer centres show declines


Wales Online : 25th July
Blaenau Gwent Not long to wait for new-look Ebbw Vale Library as opening date and events announced
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Question Everything : 20th July
A load of old cobblers, Minister

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) : 21st July
The Office for Civil Society is Moving

Derby Telegraph : 23rd July
Derby Central Library could close in council shake-up

The Argus : 23rd July
East Sussex | Calls to stop cuts and save libraries inc Margaret Martin’s message to central government

Daily Record: 23rd July
String of South Ayrshire libraries set to cut hours as council looks for £100,000 of cuts


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New Start Magazine : 21st July
Libraries are key to combating digital exclusion

Rob Wilson given libraries brief at DCMS

Don’t Privatise Libraries : 22nd July
The DCMS & Civil Society (and Ed!)

Shropshire Live: 22nd July
Alternative library services for Shawbury to be considered

Brixton Buzz : 22nd July
Friends of Lambeth Libraries host pop up event after Waterloo library is closed, 3pm, 22nd July

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Third Sector : 21st July
Culture department confirms it now has responsibility for civil society policy
A statement from the DCMS today said Wilson, whose move to the DCMS along with the charities brief was announced on Sunday, would continue to oversee voluntary sector policy and be given additional responsibility for libraries policy.

Sunderland Echo : 21st July
Sunderland council urged to spare remaining libraries as the service prepares for more cuts


Accrington Observer : 21st July
Lancashire Just £40k could save a Hyndburn library


Rossendale Free Press : 21st July
Just £60k could save a Rossendale library

Blackpool Gazette : 21st July
Warning over town library complacency 
St Annes


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Vaizey and Poole in Twitter spat over libraries record

Museums Association : 20th July
Wrexham scraps plan for museum and library trust

Rossendale Free Press : 20th July
Lancashire | VIDEO: Comedian pens letter to keep Whitworth library open

2BR Lancashire : 20th July
Loss of libraries & children’s centres will damage community

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Brixton Blog : 19th July
Lambeth | Carnegie trust won’t back council library planning application

The Star : 19th July
Letter | The library policy failed

Lancashire Evening Press : 14th July
Lancashire County Council underspent by more than half a million pounds

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UK Fundraising : 18th July
Arts Council to include museums & libraries in new funding approach


Bromley Times : 18th July
All-out strike of council services planned for this week
Bromley library workers started seven days of strike action on Saturday.

The Argus : 18th July
East Sussex | Library opening hours expected to be cut by 25%

15/07 Article updated and amplified : ‘Hancock takes on culture post as Vaizey exits’
inc. new input from Public Libraries News, The Library Campaign and Desmond Clarke


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Hancock replaces Vaizey as culture minister
inc. a comment from Phil Bradley

Leon’s Library Blog : 17th May
My Way
Ed Vaizey, the longest serving Minister for Culture has finally left the building …

DAILY MAIL : 16th July
Developers add gyms and libraries to property sites to help their elderly residents stay fit
The number of places where older people can socialise is dwindling.  343 public libraries in Britain closed in six years, with 111 planned this year. But retirement home developers are attempting to tackle the problem


Shropshire Star : 16th July
Shropshire Council criticised for key services silence


The Stage : 15th July
Culture minister Ed Vaizey leaves the government
replaced by Matt Hancock


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Image by Samantha Galbraith (@sgalbraith47) used with permission.
Contact the artist at for orders or inquiries.


BBC News : 15th July
Swindon library closures: Campaigners urge rethink


Swindon Advertiser : 15th July
Cabinet offers cautious backing to libraries strategy

ITV News : 14th July
Last ditch attempt to save Swindon’s libraries

Uckfield News : 15th July
East Sussex | County to make decisions on library opening hours next week

Weston Mercury : 15th July
North Somerset | Parish council set to take over under-threat village library?

Get Reading : 15th July
Bracknell austerity protesters fail to stop £6m cuts

The Visitor : 15th July
Lancashire | Calls for legal fight against Morecambe Library and kids centre cuts


Lancashire Evening Post : 15th July
Fight launched to save vital services
Borough councillors in Ribble Valley have formed a working group to fight the proposed closure of several libraries and children’s centres.

Blackpool Gazette : 14th July
Lancashire | Rallying call to save our libraries

Hinckley Times : 14th July
Barwell is the sole library to close in cost-cutting plans 

More than two thirds of Leicestershire’s libraries will be run by local groups by the end of the month

Guardian Series : 14th July
Waltham Forest | Campaigners angered by proposals to relocate libraries

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Libraries affected by changes in ACE funding

Kidderminster Shuttle : 13th July
Worcestershire | Council chiefs scale back cuts to library opening hours in Wyre Forest

Swindon Advertiser : 14th July
Letter: ‘Concern over libraries’ — Nick Poole, CILIP
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Swindon Advertiser : 14th July
Letter: Facing a stark reality — Terry Hayward

Bury Times : 14th July
Petition launched to keep Ramsbottom Library open

Prestwich & Whitefield Guide : 14th July
Bury | Town hall answers rumours over library closures

This Is Local London : 14th July
Waltham Forest | Fight to save library from demolition enters next phase

Guardian Series : 14th July
Waltham Forest | Campaigners anger over plans to demolish library

Lancashire Telegraph : 13th July
Ribble Valley councillors unite to fight closure of libraries and centres

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Image by Samantha Galbraith (@sgalbraith47) used with permission.
Contact the artist at for orders or inquiries.

THE GUARDIAN : 13th July
NHS partners up with (volunteer-run) libraries to boost wellbeing

Get West London : 13th July
Ealing Central Library gets Primark move as council approves downsize

Eastbourne Herald : 13th July
East Sussex | Council chiefs may slash library hours to save £500,000


Swindon Advertiser : 13th July
Letter: ‘Library decision made’
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Swindon Advertiser : 13th July
Letter: ‘Demise of our service’


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