A digest of today’s news items, reproduced here, with kind permission from Shirley Burnham, who collated it.  For up to date libraries news follow @ShirleyBurnham on Twitter.

Public Libraries News : 2nd May
Outsourcing, food banks, late fees and 3-D printing (sort of)
Ealing and Harrow libraries look set to be outsourced to Laing.   Meanwhile, there’s food collections in Wigan libraries for local food  banks and there are also two unrelated articles about non-payment of  late fees in Camden and Essex.  More internationally, there’s a great  defence of public libraries in New Zealand (under very hostile  questioning)  and the Australian library association want to hear your  views on the future of libraries.  Right, after all of that, here’s a  treat … a not entirely serious suggestion for 3-D printers being the  saviour of libraries in a somewhat unorthodox way

Bicester Advertiser : 3rd May
Fill your house with books urges top author Pullman
“Make sure they know where the library is and that they are always welcome there.”

Updated page – Public Libraries News
List of privatized libraries and prospective outsourced libraries

Alan Wylie’s (2012) letter to the Harrow Cllrs in favour of library privatisation

News from Crystal Palace : 2nd May
Upper Norwood | A Library Campaigner’s Lament


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