A little later than expected due to a glitch with our website. Here follows 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

THE BOOKSELLER : 29th January
Cabinet office pays £100k to York library scheme

Minster FM Radio : 29th January
Government Backing for York Libraries
City of York Council’s library and archives service will be the first service in the country to secure its future by developing a mutual organisation, using £100,000 advice and support from the Cabinet Office, they say.

York Press : 29th January
Government cash for York libraries plan

Public Libraries News: 28th January
Around three or four mea culpas

Cotswold Journal : 29th January
Attack on ‘inadequate’ new Gloucestershire mobile library service

Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries : 28th January
Press Release | Gloucestershire cuts adrift county’s most isolated communities from its mobile library service

Brent & Kilburn Times : 29th January
Preston Library campaigners ‘let down’ by Brent Council
Members of Preston Library, one of six closed down by Brent Council last year, say they met with council leader Cllr Muhammed Butt several times and claim he had agreed to ask Brent’s library service to let them run a community library allowing them access to Brent’s libraries stock.  ……  However, they now say they were told by Town Hall bosses following a meeting, that there are ‘legal and budgetary’ issues and they would not be able to use any Brent Library services or run a homework club using the council’s library service.



News From Crystal Palace : 29th January
Lambeth to take control of library prior to community trust move
Lambeth Council is to take over control of Upper Norwood joint library – prior to it being run by a community-based trust.

Express & Star : 28th January
Fifth of Wolverhampton library posts will go in restructure


York Press : 29th January
Darley Community Library celebrates birthday
In the last year of its operation, the mobile library to Darley was used by only 36 people and issued less than 900 books and other items. But the new Darley Community Library now has more than 100 members, and has issued more than 1,200 books in the first year of its operation.

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