The Courier: 6 June
Val McDermid says she “would not be a writer” without public libraries

Lancashire Post: 6 June
Library sell-off back from the brink

York Press: 7 June
New mobile library to launch
Replaces Haxby library which was closed at short notice due to structural issues

BBC News: 7 June
Lauren Child: New Children’s Laureate worried about equality in books`
‘She also voiced concerns about library closures.
Child said: “There are many children who don’t have access to books and they don’t have
access to books in their schools because a lot of schools don’t have libraries.
“If we value literacy as much as we say we do and as much as we should, then children need that opportunity. So I worry about the haves and have-nots and giving children the opportunity to try things out.”‘

Huffington Post: 7 June
This Is What The UK Has Lost Since Austerity Measures Were Introduced

  • The Department for Communities and Local Government which funds libraries amongst other things, has been the hardest hit by austerity.
  • Many local authorities are at “breaking point” and some may even have to declare insolvency.
  • Spending on public services will be 22% lower this year then in 2010.
  • According to one piece of research, by 2020, authorities will have faced real-terms cuts of up to £30 billion in the preceding decade.
  • Councils have a statutory duty to provide ‘comprehensive and efficient’ library services.
  • Data collected by the Guardian in 2012 shows 2011 was the first year volunteers outnumbered their paid counterparts for the first time.
  • Combined visitors to library websites and premises rose from 2007-10 then dropped.
And comment from Ian Anstice of Public Libraries News

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