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Gloucestershire cuts adrift county’s most isolated communities from its mobile library service

Today Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) announced the ‘launch’ of its new mobile library service. Whilst Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries welcome the continuation of some form of provision at least, the new service is an attempt to fob off isolated individuals … Continue reading

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Gloucestershire County Council tell mobile library user to travel 40miles to use a static library

We recently raised concerns regarding Gloucestershire County Council’s mobile library service cuts and the shambolic way in which it was being handled. https://foclibrary.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/gcc-mobile-library-service-shambles-what-is-going-on/ It was bought to FoGLs attention that the residents of at least three villages in the North … Continue reading

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GCC mobile library service shambles : what is going on?

Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries received a rather worrying email about a partially sighted elderly gentleman who was in tears because the mobile library has been stopped to his village.  The email came from his concerned neighbour and friend. We are … Continue reading

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Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries respond to CMS Parliamentary report on library cuts

Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries welcomes the Culture, Media and Sport Committee Report which presents the findings of a national Parliamentary inquiry into library cuts. The report opens with the statement, “The provision of a library service is a statutory duty, … Continue reading

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Update : Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries Media Statement

Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 31/07/12 In November 2010 Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) announced plans to close eleven public libraries, to reduce opening times to three hours per week at seven, and to axe the entire mobile library … Continue reading

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FoGL welcomes Shadow Minister’s call for urgent action and leadership

Over the last two years, Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries have repeatedly called on the Department of Culture Media and Sport and Culture Minister Ed Vaizey to superintend Gloucestershire County Council in it’s review of our public library services. We have … Continue reading

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PLR Registrar confirms GCC community libraries not covered by public authority lending scheme

I have just had a very interesting conversation with the PLR Registrar Jim Parker. He confirmed that Gloucestershire County Council has NOT approached him for clarification over the PLR issues they face but he is happy to discuss this matter … Continue reading

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