: 13th February
Consultation on the extension of the Public Lending Right to Rights of holders of books in non-print formats

Sleaford Standard : 15th February
Reduction in village library’s opening hours on the horizon
Opening hours at Ruskington Library will be cut in the coming months if volunteers are not in a position to take up its operation, Lincolnshire County Council has indicated.
Similarly, all other Tier-three libraries’ opening hours will be reduced by 40 per cent.

Galloway Gazette : 15th February
Terrible message for book town
It was in 1850, midway through his 27 years as the town’s MP, that he carried a bill through parliament, the Public Libraries Act, establishing free libraries to be paid for by public funds. Previously, there had been subscription libraries but the establishment of public libraries was a radical move giving everyone access to books. The main library in Dumfries was named after William Ewart and you can still see a bust of the great man there. I’m surprised that it didn’t fall from it’s plinth this week.

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