Category Archives: Service Cuts

The Library Campaign Conference

On Saturday 22nd October, library campaigners from across the country met at the University of London to share ideas and experiences, and discuss ways forward in the fight to save our libraries. The conference, co-organised by Voices for the Library and The Library … Continue reading

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“Should the mobile library be cut, it will be the end of a lifetime’s education”

A great letter by mobile library user Judy Monger appeared in the local press, and is reproduced (with Judy’s permission) below: Dear Editor,   The lady over the road from me has been a regular user of the Mobile Library … Continue reading

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Permission granted for High Court judicial review of Gloucestershire County Council’s library cuts

Several Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries members attended the High Court in Birmingham yesterday (7th July) for the judicial review hearing bought against GCC by Public Interest Lawyers on behalf of a Gloucestershire resident.   As reported in the Independent, The Telegraph, The Bookseller and across … Continue reading

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Admission from Cllr Noble : school library provision did NOT inform public library cuts

Following this misleading comment from libraries portfolio holder Cllr Noble which appeared several times in the local press: I hope families concerned about proposed changes to libraries around the county will feel reassured that there are still fantastic resources available … Continue reading

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Cllr. Hawthorne spins away.. while Lechlade Library Working Group set the record straight

Since an injunction was issued by the High Courts halting the implementation of  Gloucestershire County Council’s library cuts until the case for judicial review has been heard on July 7th, Gloucestershire County Council have, in their usual rather bullish manner,  … Continue reading

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GCC library consultation feedback obtained through FOI

Following the announcement of plans for severe cuts to our public library service, GCC held ‘drop-in’ consultation sessions to gather public feedback. Originally these sessions were due to be held only in six of the main libraries whose opening hours and … Continue reading

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Homelink mobile library closes a month ahead of schedule

The following piece has appeared today on This is Gloucestershire: The first of Gloucestershire’s libraries scheduled for closure as a result of the cuts may have already been shut down. The Homelink mobile service which serves those living in Elderly Peoples … Continue reading

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