On the (semi) positive side, the Wandsworth figure has changed – 1 library faced with closure (instead of previously reported 6), others will have reduced hours. On the debit side, Wigan announce some libraries will close, Stoke withdraw RNIB talking book service and the British Library loses 200 jobs.

British Library – 200 jobs to go – Library workers for a brighter future
Wigan – some libraries will close, not Leigh – This is Lancashire
Stoke – ends RNIB talking books service  – BBC
Oxfordshire – more on the cuts – Oxford Mail
Wakefield – more on the cuts, looking for volunteers – Hemsworth and South Emsall Express

Tim Coates wants books in libraries, CILIP thinks libraries are about Web 2.0? – Article and Comments on “The real argument about libraries” – Good Library Blog
Without Libraries, we will lose a mark of our civilization – Guardian Online. Some scarily anti-library commments, though.
Devon – free CDs, reduced charges, for carers – Mid Devon Star
Gloucestershire – Matson residents fear the closures – This is Gloucestershire
Oxfordshire – Summertown users react to cuts – BBC
Wandsworth – Battersea residents angered – This is Local London
Halton – Widnes and Runcorn to go self-service – Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News
Edinburgh – new library to be built – Edinburgh Outlook
Artist’s impression of new Canterbury Library – flickr
Torfaen – work starts on revamp of Pontypool Library – Free Press

USA – book vending machines – Stamford Advocate