Libraries News Round-up: 3rd September 2013

BBC News : 3rd September
Birmingham Library: Is the £189m price tag justified?
Birmingham’s new central library has opened at a cost of £189m. But in an era of spending cuts and library closures across the country, is such an outlay justifiable?  Brent, Newcastle and Liverpool cited. 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-23854509

THE BOOKSELLER : 3rd September
Cole and Gaiman in Reading Agency ventures
Gaiman, a vocal supporter of libraries, will deliver the lecture at the Barbican Centre in London on 14th October.
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/cole-and-gaiman-reading-agency-ventures.html

The Star : 3rd September
Sheffield | 13,000 people oppose library closure plans
http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/13-000-people-oppose-library-closure-plans-1-6008933

Luton Today : 3rd September
Luton library closure open to public debate
However, following a petition of over 10,000 signatures, Luton Culture have asked for ideas as to problem could be avoided.  
http://www.lutontoday.co.uk/news/politics/luton-library-closure-open-to-public-debate-1-5451068

Luton Today : 3rd September
Luton library closure open to public debate
However, following a petition of over 10,000 signatures, Luton Culture have asked for ideas as to problem could be avoided.  
http://www.lutontoday.co.uk/news/politics/luton-library-closure-open-to-public-debate-1-5451068

The Lincolnite : 2nd September
1,800 sign petition against Boultham Library closure
http://thelincolnite.co.uk/2013/09/1800-sign-boultham-library-petition/

Spalding Guardian : 3rd September
Donington Library’s fate still in limbo
No volunteers so far stepping forward to run it.   “We as a group are fairly disgusted that this is the way it is going.”  ….  “The majority of people want to have a professional service.”
http://www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/news/latest-news/donington-library-s-fate-still-in-limbo-1-5447563

Guardian Series : 2nd September
Signifncant work at Leyton, Leytonstone, Walthamstow and Chingford libraries will
take place over the next two years

Leyton Library in High Road was the first to close today ahead of modernisation work.
http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/wfnews/10648456.Library_closes_for_six_months_ahead_of_major_refurbishment/

Sussex Express : 3rd September
Council promises to use residents’ views to shape services at Newhaven Library
According to the public, the most important services were a good choice of books and helpful staff who could provide information on local services, groups and events.  Convenient opening times were also highlighted, particularly during the week and on Saturdays.
http://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/news/local/council-promises-to-use-residents-views-to-shape-services-at-newhaven-library-1-5450896

Nick Clegg and Coun David Baker at Stannington Library

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