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

Alan Gibbons Blog : 5th February
Campaign for the Book statement about proposed Liverpool library closures

Public Libraries News : 5th February
Liverpool “does a Newcastle”

Chronicle Live : 6th February
Campaigners hand over Newcastle library petition

Leigh Day & Co (Law Firm) : 6th February
Friern Barnet Community Library opens
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THE BOOKSELLER : 6th February
Friern Barnet library to be volunteer-run

DAILY MIRROR : 6th February
The book stops here: Campaigners win battle to run UK’s first people’s library 

Times Series : 6th February
Friern Barnet Library will not be sold but council deal is ‘not perfect’, say occupiers
She said: “It is a pragmatic solution that we will happily accept as there is no alternative. But we believe libraries should be publicly run, with qualified librarians and assistants. This is not a perfect solution but the council has budged and this is what was on offer.”

Guardian Series : 6th February
New hope for volunteer-run library plans in Leytonstone
But now campaigners have been given hope after being allocated a room at the Epicentre community centre in Leytonstone under a three-month agreement.  …. Campaigner Howard Smeed said: “At the moment we’re looking at opening it for three hours every Saturday, but we’d like to expand that if possible.”

This Is Plymouth : 6th February
Plymouth libraries are ‘desperately in need of WiFi’, council is told

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