Changes by local authority

The following information has been taken from news reports, information sent by local authorities and from library users. It is the most comprehensive list of its kind in the UK but may contain inaccuracies. Some authorities may not be included because there has been no media reporting from their area or such reporting has been missed. The information on this page is used for the aggregate figure of libraries under threat in the UK. I have included in bold at the start of the entry for each authority for the current year the figure (if any) that I have used for the headline number of libraries under threat. Being this figure is used in national newspapers and by politicians, it is especially important these figures are accurate so please let me know of any errors or omissions. To make the list is factual as possible, please email if you have any further information or a correction.

Dates included are the date that the information was added to Public Libraries News. In more recent posts, the number shows the month (e.g. 3 = March, 4 = April) the article that contains the relevant information was published.

List of changes by authority

The MLA was abolished in 2012, with the Arts Council taking over its role for libraries with a budget of £3m rather than £13m that the previous quango possessed. The Book Trust has also had its funding halved (from £13m 2010 to £6m in 2012). There are 151 authorities in England, 206 in the UK.
The changes were originally on one page but have had to be split into three pages to speed up loading times. Pages are:
  • #1 written by Rosemary Dunstan
    about 3 years ago

    I can find details for West Berks, Wokingham, Bracknell & Slough – but what about Reading and Windsor & Maidenhead?

  • #2 written by Ian Anstice
    about 3 years ago

    Not all library authorities are listed. It depends on whether any changes to the authority are reported in the media and also if I spot (or someone tells me) of the article. Please feel free to send any news items you come across that you think may have been missed to

  • #3 written by marilyn shaw
    about 3 years ago

    is there any news on libraries in South Ayrshire and East Ayrshire?

  • #4 written by Sarah Bedford
    about 3 years ago

    Error report: “Bournemouth. 2012: Wifi being installed into libraries. (17/9/12).” actually refers to Poole Libraries.

  • #5 written by Sarah Bedford
    about 3 years ago

    For other recent news articles on Bournemouth, Dorset (and Poole – but almost none for these) Libraries see my blog

  • #6 written by marilynshaw
    about 2 years ago

    All East Ayrshire libraries have now been changed from 1st July to east Ayrshire trust

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