Why the Surprise?

526 libraries (465 buildings and 61 mobiles) currently under threat or recently closed/left council control (List below) out of 4517 in the UK

Darlington – some under threat, consultation may take one year.
Durham – decision on closures put back until 2012 (£1.5m cut by 2015)
North Tyneside – no closures
Sutton – plus one – 1 mobile library under threat, possibly others.
Worcestershire – plus 4 (previously “some”) – £1m (plus) cut, libraries to close based on their usage “score”. Under threat inc. St John’s, Warndon, Pershore and Broadway

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Summary
“Privately, some councils admit they have been surprised by the public outrage sparked by the threat to lending libraries. And staff who fear they may lose their jobs say libraries are now busier than they have been for years after people woke up to the danger.”  (Northern Echo)

Why the surprise? Do some councillors actually don’t know about libraries?  Do they think that no-one uses them any more?  That those people who use them do so only out of habit?  The massive variation in council responses to the cuts detailed in this blog can only mean that some councillors understand the importance of libraries and some, simply, do not have a clue.  This may not be their fault.  After all, people are busy and there has (apart from these last couple of historically unparallelled months) been precious little about libraries in the media.  You had to use them in order to know who uses them.  It’s clear that we (and by this I mean everyone who uses and works in libraries) should do all we can to never let this sad state of affairs happen again.  Be loud and be proud.  Or, willing or not, if not this year then next year or the year after, you may have to find yourself another job or travel across county lines to a place that understands the importance of the public library.

Local News – all news is representative and not comprehensive
Cambridgeshire – scorn for plan to run library with volunteers – Cambridge News
Croydon – decision to close 6 libraries waits until July after 20 000 (!)  respond to consultation – This is Croydon Today
Gloucestershire – children express their concern over library cuts – FoGL “Do you really want us to become illiterate?”
GloucestershireWhen councillors lose control, MPs need to show leadership – FoGL (from Parmjit Dhanda, former MP for Gloucester)The plan to effectively force ten libraries in to closure and to water down the service of the rest – is soiled. Cllr Hawthorne and Cllr Noble’s own body language, behaviour and rhetoric no longer even tries to defend their policy.”
Gloucestershire – “Downfall” video clarification – FoGL
Haringey – library “all nighter” for World Book Night – Net-Lettings
Isle of Wight – Chief Exec writes about the public consultation – Ventnor Blog ( comments include “delusional”, “politburo”, “beam me up Scotty”)
Isle of Wight – Council considers new libraries – BBC
North Tyneside – no closures – North Tyneside Council
North Yorkshire – support grows for libraries rebellion – Northern Echo ( council describes numbers of consultation replies as “phenomenal”, includes Durham and Darlington news)
National News

Capita buys Talis for £21m – London Evening Standard (Talis made a profit of 50% last year)
Do libraries have a future? – Talis (Alan Gibbons)
Ed Vaizey defensive on arts funding – Guardian
Friendly books fall on Slough – Independent
Library News  – Private Eye (via Alan Gibbons, regarding Roy Clare head of MLA insulting schoolchild)
Our view of libraries is sepia tinted – Independent
Philip Pullman “Cameron and Clegg have probably never been inside a public library” – London Evening Standard“The decision to close so many libraries so quickly by so many councils must be ideological”
Public Knowledge: An Event Series – CUBITT (16 March – Film Salon: Libraries; 19 March – Public Knowledge; Panel discussions about the library’s role in using knowledge)
Ten things to know about library closures/campaigns – Voices for the Library
Universes waiting in those lumps of glue and stitched paper – Voices for the Library

World Book Day. Second ministerial letter to authorities?

521 libraries (461 buildings and 60 mobiles) currently under threat or recently closed/left council control (List below) out of 4517 in the UK (CILIP figures)

– Bury – housebound library service closed (3 jobs)
– Merton – 2 libraries to have reduced hours,  search for volunteers to entirely run libraries on threatened days.
– Peterborough – 8 out of 10 libraries reducing hours, most by a third, £250k cut (from £1.8m)

Summary
Interesting news from the Local Government Chronicle that Ministers are going to write a second letter to local authorities reminding them of the statutory requirments for public libraries.  One only sends a second letter if one suspects the first letter has not been fully taken on board and one really wants the message to get across.  Or, it could be, that Ministers are aware legal action could be taken against them soon and they need to show some willing themselves.  Or, it could be, that this way the Government points the finger at others for library closures and can claim innocence themselves for the greatest cuts in modern UK history. The optimist in me prefers the first explanation.

World Book Day was today.  It strikes me that this could be the second whammy day next year to emphasise the need to save libraries if the National Save Our Libraries Day that Alan Gibbons and others are organising starts being an annual event in February after its great success this year.  Unlike Save Our Libraries Day, this could be one that all libraries can get behind, ever so tactfully, without incurring the wrath of their political masters but still manageing to get the message across that public libraries are important.

Local News – all news is representative and not comprehensive
Bolton – 12 week consultation starts, 9 libraries in danger – Prestwich and Whitefield Guide
Bradford – Parking charges and library cuts approved – Keighley News
Bury – town hall cuts will badly damage services – Prestwich and Whitefield Guide
Bury – Housebound library cut – Prestwich and Whitefield Guide

Cambridgeshire – Julian Huppert MP raises uncertain future of libraries in Commons – Cambridge First

Camden – Conservatives propose advertising on buildings “ – Camden New Journal “Look at libraries. You could have the computer room at Swiss Cottage. It could be sponsored by IBM” 
Camden – “No Choice” councillors resist calls to defy the cuts – Camden New Journal “Camden is unlikely to keep its full complement of libraries.”
Cheshire West and Chester – No plans to close libraries – Ellesmere Port Pioneer
Doncaster – Shouting Tories in disarray – Star
Dorset – Protesters more positive in Lyme Regis after Oliver Letwin MP meeting – View Online  “The difficulty is that DCC remain of the view that they will remove funding leaving communities to run their own library service but the community offer that DCC has put forward is entirely unworkable.   This has been demonstrated in other areas of the country but DCC seem unwilling to learn from these experiences.”
Essex – Libraries to have new community services – BBC (inc recycling, police, district council.
Isle of Wight – “people’s library” opens in county hall foyer – Isle of Wight Radio “To mark World Book Day, around 15 campaigners arrived at lunchtime on Thursday. Some were dressed as characters from novels and began reading from books including George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm, much to the surprise of County Hall staff.
Isle of Wight – Government interest in library plan – Isle of Wight Chronicle
Liverpool – council budget cuts agreed – Liverpool Echo
London – libraries to be on Inside Out London this Monday – BBC One
Suffolk – Libraries to be sold off to an American firm? – Kathy Pollard (4 sets of talks with LSSI)

BookSellers Association offers help for save libraries campaign – BookSeller

BookSellers Association press release – BookSellers Association 
Laura Hamilton supports libraries – Voices for the Library
Library ebooks to become too tatty to lend – Hardware
Ministers focus on libraries – Local Government Chronicle (behind paywall) (suggests ministers will be sending second letter to authorities reminding them of their statutory duty)

EasyLibrary in Bury?

521 libraries (461 buildings and 60 mobiles) currently under threat or recently closed/left council control (List below) out of 4517 in the UK (CILIP figures)
Summary
Bury – Libraries to be removed from council control
City of London – 15.9% cut to Libraries/Archibes/Art Gallery budget – opening hours cut at London
Metropolitan Archives (Saturdays and one other day) – LAGAG update (email lagagconsult@cityoflondon.gov.uk. for copy)
Northumberland – no closures, libraries “protected from cuts”
Sandwell – no libraries to close, previously thought that some would.
Surrey – scrutiny committee ignored, 11 libraries and 5 mobiles to close without further consultation – Get Surrey
Local News – all news is representative and not comprehensive
Bury – a bold gamble but a massive one – Manchester Evening News (blog) “Cash-stretched councils should think twice before being tempted into a dangerous gamble of putting a For Sale sign on everything they do.”
Derby – decision day for city – This is Derbyshire “We have not proposed the closure of all of our libraries”
Doncaster – Next Time Vote Libraries – Save Doncaster Libraries

Edinburgh – public pc access stops for a week after virus attack – Scotsman

Isle of Wight – Cllr George Brown’s library presentation at cabinet – Ventnor Blog – the DCMS is considering inviting the council, which is halving its library service, “to take part in a national study of innovative approaches to library provision”
North Yorkshire – fight continues to stop final chapter at Hunmanby – Filey Mercury “proposals for volunteers to replace professional staff were still not an acceptable means of going forward”
Somerset – campaign to save mobile libraries inc Tessa Munt MP – Burnham on Sea.com
National News
Community organisers learn power of persuasion – Guardian (inc how Goodmayes Library was saved)
Council cuts – into the eye of the storm – Daily Telegraph (discusses Eye Library in Suffolk “I heard of a Down’s syndrome child for whom it is the only place he can walk to by himself”)
Council staff volunteer for pay cuts – Channel 4 News “by slashing the wage bill, they will have to make far fewer redundancies and could protect services such as libraries and Sure Start centres.”
Diary – Independent – Anne Robinson lends support to legal challenge to save libraries
Economic slowdown – six London councils making cuts – BBC
I’d cut benefits, but we must treasure libraries says Lionel Shriver – EADT “OK, I want to see government pared back – bloody hell: 53% of the economy?! I think that’s insane! – but I think you have to be cautious about destroying institutions and even buildings that would take huge amounts of money to replace.”
Michael Morpurgo answers your questions – Guardian “I am horrified by the proposals to close libraries. Libraries are central to a civilised world and for the future of our society and our children. We all know that reading can transform people and change lives, and libraries play a vital role, especially for those children who don’t have books at home. And for old people too libraries are so important.”

Mr Vaizey, in Parliament, with the rose-tinted spectacles

521 libraries (461 buildings and 60 mobiles) currently under threat or recently closed/left council control (List below) out of 4517 in the UK (CILIP figures)
I have needed to make a change to the statistics.  The situation is too murky for “closed” to adequately descibe what is happening to libraries that will no longer be under council control.  For example, the Isle of Wight confirmed this evening that five libraries will be “volunteer led”.  It would be inaccurate to call these “closed” but also wrong to call them unthreatened.

– Brent – council apparently confirms 6 library closures (“apparently” because consultation ending March 4th)
– Calderdale – review to cut £250k inc hours and bookfund cuts
– Croydon – six libraries under threat will remain open until July while “the council looks at ways of keeping them open”.
– Isle of Wight – confirmed 5 libraries to be “volunteer led”, taken out of authority control with option to bid for money for stock, ICT etc.
– Surrey – Consultation before closing – of one month for 5 mobiles, six months for 11 branches


Summary
“Campaign for the Book, the pro-library campaign body run by author Alan Gibbons, has launched a judicial review case through solicitors, arguing that the culture secretary has failed to comply with his legal duty to superintend local authorities in their provision of proper library services to their residents.” (Guardian).  This adds on to legal challenges being mounted (or likely to be) in Gloucestershire, Somerset and Lewisham.

Ed Vaizey has spoken in Parliament on libraries, stating that he is a champion for libraries, there is no plan to modify the 1964 Act and that volunteers should complement librarians, not replace them.  He also states that authorities should be “strategic” in their approach to library provision, sharing building with other services but closing libraries if they are no longer needed.  It all sounds very rosy and disturbingly at variance to the dismantling of the library service that is taking place in many authorities up and down the country.
Local News – all news is representative and not comprehensive

Brent – 6 libraries “look likely to close” as amendments to save them voted down – Harrow Times
Brent – council sounds the death knell for Brent libraries – Harrow Observer
Brent – video of protests at meeting – Harrow Observer
Calderdale – libraries shake-up to save £250k – Evening Courier
Cheshire West and Chester – Save Our Libraries – Facebook
Croydon – ray of hope for libraries – This is Local London

Gloucestershire – Stroud councillor lambasted over comments on Hitler clip – Stroud News & Journal
Isle of Wight – coverage of cabinet meeting – Ventnor Blog “DCMS has asked IWC to be used as a case study for community engagement” 5 libraries to be “volunteer led”
Suffolk – US firm LSSI interested in running Suffolk’s libraries – EADT “There is also another organisation that has been in touch”
Suffolk – Protest groups join forces over Suffolk library cuts – EADT (Petition here)
Surrey – Go-ahead for consultation on Surrey library changes – BBC
Walsall – Adjournment debate on Wirral Libraries in Parliament – They Work For You

National News
Ed Vaizey, in Parliament, with the rose-tinted glasses – They Work For You (compare with this article)
Establishing an annual National Libraries Day – Alan Gibbons
Fury over “stupid” restrictions to library ebook loans – Guardian (call for boycott of HarperCollins)
HarperCollins hit by several types of stupid sick – Phil Bradley “I simply cannot begin to describe what a stupid, backward looking and retrograde step I think this is.”
HarperCollins rouses gang of angry librarians – TechEye (USA)
Library campaigners mount legal challneges to closures – Guardian
Library eBook Revolution, Begin – Librarian in Black
March news – Reading Agency “We are particularly concerned about communities losing the expert staff who support reading…We are urging MPs who haven’t already done so to talk to councils about their responsibilities under the 1964 Public Libraries and Museums Act.”
Minister confirms vital role of professional staff (CILIP) – Alan Gibbons
More legal challenges launched over library closures – BookSeller
New legal challenge over library closures – Campaign for the Book “The Culture Minister should not be able ignore the implications of the 1964 … Act”.
Optimistic Pickles’ 40% back office savings would only be 3.6% of total budget – Guardian

Brent closures tomorrow?

521 libraries (461 buildings and 60 mobiles) currently under threat or recently closed (List below) out of 4517 in the UK (CILIP figures)
Local News – all news is representative and not comprehensive
Blackburn with Darwen – Josephine Cox speaks against library cuts – Lancashire Telegraph
Brent – Lobby Brent Council – Save Kensal Rise Library 
Manchester – Bishop of Manchester blasts government cuts – Manchester Evening News “
“It is just not right to cut spending here more than in wealthier areas. Manchester, with its very real problems, is proportionately worse off. It is completely lacking in compassion.”
British undergrads  face more than £11m in library fines – Times (paywalled) 
From a member of CILIP – Good Library Blog
Liverpool to bear brunt of cuts – Guardian [wrongly describes libraries as “discretionary”]
List of cuts by authority (click on name of authority for link to relevant report)
NB. From 2012, the MLA will be abolished – the Arts Council will take over its role for libraries with a budget of £3m rather than £13mThe Book Trust has also had its funding halved (from £13m 2010 to £6m in 2012). Therefore, libraries start 2012 with more than £10m less, regardless of any further cuts. There are 151 authorities in England, 206 in the UK.
Aberdeen – 8 (out of 16)
Aberdeenshire – some, (brief mention here seems to suggest all but this very unlikely)
Angus – 4 libraries closed this year (April) to be possibly replaced by a mobile.  More info here
Argyll and Bute – 3 libraries and mobile library.
Barnet – some – public consultation here
Barnsley – 3
Bedfordshire – 1 mobile to go
Bexley – 3 and 1 mobile (3 from a list of 5 will go, plus one mobile) (this is the five) (£1m – 16% cut) (merge with Bromley?) (5 could be unpaid)
Birmingham – 39 (three libraries lose hours so Tower Hill can remain open) (school library service to close)(all branch libraries under review, £200m super library being built)
Blackburn with Darwen – 1 mobile (reduced opening hours) cut, opening hours reduced, bookfund cut.
Blackpool – 2
Bolton9 (out of 15)(£400 to £500k)
Bradford – 5 (Confirmed 5 to close – £70k)
Bridgend 3 (may not be able to reach Welsh Assembly library standard) (opening hour cuts at most)
Bromley (link is on page 7) – 8 (out of 15) (KAB talking books cut)
Buckinghamshire – up to 14 to close or be staffed by volunteers (extra time given to look for volunteers) (this article says 11)(£688k cut)
Bury – 1 (1 other reduced hours) – Manchester Evening News
Caerphilly – (“rationalised”)
Calderdale – Some? (£350k cut inc.12 jobs, £200k stock)
Cambridgeshire13 (36% cut in funding, £445k in 2012£3.2m by 2016, closures down from previously reported 19) (mobile services already “slashed”) (£1.1m cut) (school library service closed)
Camden – several plus one mobile library (£2 million cut)
Cardiff – (no closures, cuts to be considerd on 4/3/11)
Carmarthenshire5 in 2011, 18 in 2012 therefore 23. (improvements in Llanelli and Carmarthen)
Central Bedfordshire – one mobile library to go
Ceredigion – (£1m “relocation” of Aberystwyth, £100k to be spent on Cardigan)
Conwy – 7 (out of 12) (review under way)
Cornwall – 2011 cuts confirmed – (£1.5m cut, 90 hours lost, merge with Registrars/One Stop Shops)
Coventry – (opening hours cut, more fees)
Croydon – Up to 6 (public gets to choose which), (£690k saving)
Cumbria – (review under way, no closures yet, 3 of 6 mobile libraries closed in 2010) 
Darlington – (£250k) off budget
Denbighshire – (Rhyl has reopened after £300,000 refurbishment; no closure or merger plans, although ‘this may be reviewed”)
Derbyshire – (Opening hours to be cut)
Doncaster14 safeguarded for one year (the other 12 are safe) (may also be taken out of council control) (over 50% cut in funding)
Dorset – up to 20 (out of 34) to close or be given to community groups  (£143k off bookfund).  Dorset is the sole council to receive an actual increase in funding for 2010/11. (£800k cut for libraries)(council confirms £800k cut but gives three months extra time for consultation)
Dumfries and Galloway – 7
Dundee – (to transfer to the same trust as swimming pools/basketball)
Durham – some (£1.4m cut)
Essex – 2011 confirmed  (extensive opening hours cuts, 21 jobs to go) (no cuts to mobiles)
Falkirk – (transferred to Trust)
Flintshire – 5 and at least one mobile
Gateshead – some (school library service, music library, AIRS talking newspaper under threat)
Gloucestershire –  confirmed 10 branches and 6 mobiles to close or be run by volunteers. 8 libraries open 12 hours per week rather than previously proposed 3.5 [previously, up to 18 and 6 mobiles  – 10 to close or go to volunteers. 7 to close if they don’t find a partner (43% total cut in funding). (Cinderford saved)(revised proposals here)  A further 11 reduced to 3.5 days a week. 100 library jobs to go say UNISON, 40 FTE to go says council, inc 36 managers cut to 9, 3.5 FTE librarian posts cut (to 10)]
Greenwich1 (could be turned into a Trust) (school library service closed)
Hammersmith and Fulham – 2 (to be run by volunteers) and 1 mobile (record office to have £70k cut from £88k, volunteers, presumably no professional archivists, reduced hours) (£310k cut)
Hampshire – 13 mobiles (58 FTE jobs to go) (and mobile libraries cut within two miles of each branch, this report says 18FTE to go)(libraries merged with IT/property etc) Source of number of mobiles is UNISON Hampshire, No extra overtime or weekend pay
Haringey – (staff cuts)
Harrow – (34 FTE to go)(self-service machines to increase)
Hartlepool 2 (out of 7) to close (another to merge with community centre, all library’s hours cut)
Herefordshire – (new Ledbury Library delayed) (no branches to close but mobile library review)
Hertfordshire5 mobiles (2011 Confirmed – opening hours to be cut by one third – from 2236 hours down to 1575) (mobile libraries cut) – At least one library (Borehamwood)  faces a 40% cut. (£580k cut in first year, £1.4m after) (cuts confirmed) (some mobile stops saved)
Highland – (Wick Library to close and merge with school library) (may move to being in a Trust) (this report says no closures) (suggestion that professional staff are being lost – a source is needed).
Hounslow – initial plan to close 8 cancelled after public consultation, £300k cut in bookfund, some libraries may still be at risk as cuts “postponed”.
Inverclyde – some
Isle of Wight – 5 (out of 11) (£100k offered as temporary extra)
Islington – some (£250k cut)
Kent some (volunteers to be asked to run some) (83 FTE to go as self-service comes in)- Isle of Thanet one of areas hardest hit (School library service closed)
Kingston – (50% adult bookfund cut)
Lambeth4 branches (out of 11) and 2 mobiles (setting up a trust “which will give you a chance to run libraries”)
Lancashire – 2 mobile libaries (plus 16% staffing cut)
Leeds – Up to 20 (out of 52) – council says 20 closures are not about cuts but to make service viable.
Leicestershire – NB This information is under doubt.  I have received a call saying this article relates to Leicester.  Article, though, seems to be indicate it is Leicestershire.  No libraries are down for closure according to his article, although they could all/some be transferred to a trust or privatised (merge of lending/reference- 14 FTE jobs lost).
Leicestershire – (£250k cut in bookfund and hours)
LewishamConfirmed 2011/2 5 (41% cut – £800k)
Liverpoolsome (£500k / 28% may be closures / cuts in opening hours)
Manchester – 5 (plus no libraries open on Friday or Saturday)(£394k cut) (end of homework clubs)
Merthyr Tydfil – some
Milton Keynes – 2 (Feb 2011 – closures delayed for 12 months)
Moray – some – (previously marked as no public libraries closing but council has appealed for volunteer groups to run them, may move to being in a Trust, another article here).
Newcastle – (12 jobs lost, £245k cut) (8 libraries to be semi-staffed “library express”)
Newport – 7 (“No closure plans; considering how to ensure “21st Century provision”)
Norfolk – (£1.5m over 3 yrs proposed cut inc opening hours cut, staffing cut, bookfund cut, less mobile visits)
Northern Ireland – 20 (cut in bookfund, 15 to 25% cut in hours, recruitment freeze, removal of buildings budget (denials up to 30 could close)
Northamptonshire – Up to 8 libraries originally under threat,. Libraries given a reprieve but still apparently under longer term threat. (Cuts to management and support).
Northumberland – some
North Lanarkshire – 1 (closed March 2010)
North Lincolnshire – (£15k opening hour cut, £30k Bookfund cut)
North Norfolk – some (c. £1m reduction)
North Somerset – 1 closed, 2 proposed, volunteers may run libraries. Weston Mercury update
North Yorkshire24 (out of 42) to close or be staffed by volunteers, 9 mobiles to go off road, surviving libraries could have funding cut to share out with any community-run libraries established. (£2.3m cut from £7.5m total)(£650k to keep libraries open a bit more, inc. from bookfund)
Nottingham – 1 (3 libraries to close, 2 new ones to open) (computer use to be charged)(1 library closed)
Plymouth – some – £370k cut 2011 £480k 2012 £620k 2013 – 9 FTE (10%) cut to staffing, reduction to opening hour, increased computer charging, less security.  No closures 2011 but 5 claimed as under threat for future years – Stoke, Southway, Ernesettle, Eggbuckland and West Park
Powys – (cuts, decision in March)
Redbridge – 5 out of 12 may close, another may relocate (£2.3m cut). Goodmayes saved.
Renfrewshire 1 (1 library to move into smaller sites in community centres)
Richmond – 1 (£351k cut) (service may be privatised) Heathfield due to close in March.
Rochdale1 (some library managers to to go in first phase of cuts)
Rutland – (6 libraries to have reduced hours, staff cut)
Salford3 – some libraries to move to sports centres or provide space for community groups (2 to have reduced hours)
Sandwell – some
Sefton – 3 (consultation here) (or is it “just” an opening hours cut?)
Sheffield – (30% cut expected, £2.5m) (no closures, opening hours reduced) (33 FTE, mobile reduction)
Shropshire – 2 and 3 mobiles(reference library to merge with central library)
Somerset –  2011 Confirmed – 11 (out of 34) (£1.35m cut) will be closed/offered to community groups over 2 years. 4 (out of 6) mobile libraries will also go.  25% cut in funding. Full (revised) plans here (20% cut in opening hours). Rethink on mobiles may happen – article here. Public will be asked for “voluntary contributions”.
Southampton – 2 (charges increase)
Southend – some
Southwark – (school libray service closed)
Stoke – 2 and 1 mobile library, (ends RNIB service)
Suffolkconfirmed 2011 £350k this year, 29 (out of 44) to be “divested” 2012/13 – (consultation here, £2m cut)
Sutton – some (£935k off £6m p.a. budget) (school library service to close)
Swansea – some
Thanet – some
Thurrock – Confirmed 2011 £350k cut, staffing reduction (20% cut in hours if work more than 15 hours), all to close on Mondays. 
Tower Hamlets – (staff made to reapply for their own jobs -23 library staff replaced)
Trafford – (mobile library to be staffed by volunteers)
Waltham Forest – some
Wandsworth – 1 (York Gardens – description of council proposals here) mention in Guardian here plus reduction in hours in others. Council papers here.
Warrington – (2011 Confimed)  2 and 1 mobile library confirmed . More info here. Journals stopped also, £25k off staff. £10k off reference.
Warwickshire – 16 (out of 34) (council agenda here, 30%, £2m cut from £7.4m budget over three years) – official report from council here, (£2m already cuts since 2006, staffing already cut by 63 FTE 24%),  special county map of closures here.
West Dunbartonshire – 3 (some staff losses too)
West Sussex Some (5 FTE lost, some librarians pay reduced to library assistant)
Western Isles – (cuts in opening hours by one day per week and during Summer)
Westminster – 1 (St James’s Library to close) (Marylebone may never reopen)
Wigan – Up to 15 out of 17  (£1.1m cut off £4m budget)
Wiltshire – 10 (plus reductions in hours in all but one of the others, more cuts next year) (26 FTE posts have gone in Dec 2010  inc. 9 out of 13 community librarians)(cuts include a £940k library opened Dec 2010)(self-service in all)
Worcestershire – some (Pershore library to move out of town centre) , contact centres may combine with libraries
York – (libraries to be “hit”)

Authorities which have announced there will be no library closures (2011 financial year)
Anglesey – 4 libraries earmarked for closure have apparently been (temporarily) saved. Brighton Barking and Dagenham. Blaenau Gwent, CardiffCheshire West and ChesterCornwall – (90 hours cut, £1.5m cut, one stop shops/Registrars merging into them, book supply being done differently to save money, no guarantee for 2012) (23% cut in library budget, 102 hours p.w. cut). Coventry (but less opening hours, fees to rise). Derby. Devon (may have reduced opening hours, less mobile stops, no new Exeter Library – although this article suggests mobile library service has improved).  BBC article confirms no closures. (“brutal” cuts to Exeter Record Office). Doncaster (14 under threat in 2012) Edinburgh (£550 cut) (pledge to keep open is for the lifetime of the administration). Essex(but other cuts – see list above). Haringey . Harrow (some increase in hours, more self-service but less staff). Gwynedd.   Highland (but other cuts – see list above). Hillingdon.  Hull (number of libraries actually increasing here). Kirklees. Lancashire (but staffing cuts) Leicestershire (but opening hours and bookfund cut – £250k).  Lincolnshire. Medway. Merton – (£118k cut – 2 libraries will have reduced hours but reprieved from threatened closure). Neath Port Talbot  Newcastle. Norfolk – no closures but staffing cut, bookfund cut, opening hours cut, less mobile visits).  North Ayrshire. North Lincolnshire North East Lincolnshire. Nottinghamshire  – no plans to close any branches but massive reductions in opening hours. Oldham Pembrokeshire. Plymouth (opening hours to reduce, managers to go).Plymouth (but major cuts, closures possible 2012/3) Poole. Portsmouth. Rhondda Cynon Taff: Rochdale: Southampton. Staffordshire (free internet access also retained). Sheffield (cuts in opening hours).  Slough (3 new libraries opening here, usage significantly up). Swindon. Torfaen (but one closed April 2010) Tower Hamlets  Trafford – (but mobile library staff will be replaced by volunteers). West Berkshire (£200k cut). Windsor and Maidenhead. Wirral (plus £1 million investment) Wrexham  (libraries increasing)

521 libraries (461 buildings and 60 mobiles) currently under threat or recently closed (List below) out of 4517 in the UK (CILIP figures)
Summary
Local News – all news is representative and not comprehensive
Blackburn with Darwen – Josephine Cox speaks against library cuts – Lancashire Telegraph
Brent – Lobby Brent Council – Save Kensal Rise Library 
Manchester – Bishop of Manchester blasts government cuts – Manchester Evening News “
“It is just not right to cut spending here more than in wealthier areas. Manchester, with its very real problems, is proportionately worse off. It is completely lacking in compassion.”
National News
About books – 26 Fruits
Are libraries stacked against the Free Market? – Huffington Post (USA) “Complementary or competitive? Who cares? We need both.”
British undergrads  face more than £11m in library fines – Times (paywalled) 
From a member of CILIP – Good Library Blog
Liverpool to bear brunt of cuts – Guardian [wrongly describes libraries as “discretionary”]
List of cuts by authority (click on name of authority for link to relevant report)
NB. From 2012, the MLA will be abolished – the Arts Council will take over its role for libraries with a budget of £3m rather than £13mThe Book Trust has also had its funding halved (from £13m 2010 to £6m in 2012). Therefore, libraries start 2012 with more than £10m less, regardless of any further cuts. There are 151 authorities in England, 206 in the UK.
Aberdeen – 8 (out of 16)
Aberdeenshire – some, (brief mention here seems to suggest all but this very unlikely)
Angus – 4 libraries closed this year (April) to be possibly replaced by a mobile.  More info here
Argyll and Bute – 3 libraries and mobile library.
Barnet – some – public consultation here
Barnsley – 3
Bedfordshire – 1 mobile to go
Bexley – 3 and 1 mobile (3 from a list of 5 will go, plus one mobile) (this is the five) (£1m – 16% cut) (merge with Bromley?) (5 could be unpaid)
Birmingham – 39 (three libraries lose hours so Tower Hill can remain open) (school library service to close)(all branch libraries under review, £200m super library being built)
Blackburn with Darwen – 1 mobile (reduced opening hours) cut, opening hours reduced, bookfund cut.
Blackpool – 2
Bolton9 (out of 15)(£400 to £500k)
Bradford – 5 (Confirmed 5 to close – £70k)
Bridgend 3 (may not be able to reach Welsh Assembly library standard) (opening hour cuts at most)
Bromley (link is on page 7) – 8 (out of 15) (KAB talking books cut)
Buckinghamshire – up to 14 to close or be staffed by volunteers (extra time given to look for volunteers) (this article says 11)(£688k cut)
Bury – 1 (1 other reduced hours) – Manchester Evening News
Caerphilly – (“rationalised”)
Calderdale – Some? (£350k cut inc.12 jobs, £200k stock)
Cambridgeshire13 (36% cut in funding, £445k in 2012£3.2m by 2016, closures down from previously reported 19) (mobile services already “slashed”) (£1.1m cut) (school library service closed)
Camden – several plus one mobile library (£2 million cut)
Cardiff – (no closures, cuts to be considerd on 4/3/11)
Carmarthenshire5 in 2011, 18 in 2012 therefore 23. (improvements in Llanelli and Carmarthen)
Central Bedfordshire – one mobile library to go
Ceredigion – (£1m “relocation” of Aberystwyth, £100k to be spent on Cardigan)
Conwy – 7 (out of 12) (review under way)
Cornwall – 2011 cuts confirmed – (£1.5m cut, 90 hours lost, merge with Registrars/One Stop Shops)
Coventry – (opening hours cut, more fees)
Croydon – Up to 6 (public gets to choose which), (£690k saving)
Cumbria – (review under way, no closures yet, 3 of 6 mobile libraries closed in 2010) 
Darlington – (£250k) off budget
Denbighshire – (Rhyl has reopened after £300,000 refurbishment; no closure or merger plans, although ‘this may be reviewed”)
Derbyshire – (Opening hours to be cut)
Doncaster14 safeguarded for one year (the other 12 are safe) (may also be taken out of council control) (over 50% cut in funding)
Dorset – up to 20 (out of 34) to close or be given to community groups  (£143k off bookfund).  Dorset is the sole council to receive an actual increase in funding for 2010/11. (£800k cut for libraries)(council confirms £800k cut but gives three months extra time for consultation)
Dumfries and Galloway – 7
Dundee – (to transfer to the same trust as swimming pools/basketball)
Durham – some (£1.4m cut)
Essex – 2011 confirmed  (extensive opening hours cuts, 21 jobs to go) (no cuts to mobiles)
Falkirk – (transferred to Trust)
Flintshire – 5 and at least one mobile
Gateshead – some (school library service, music library, AIRS talking newspaper under threat)
Gloucestershire –  confirmed 10 branches and 6 mobiles to close or be run by volunteers. 8 libraries open 12 hours per week rather than previously proposed 3.5 [previously, up to 18 and 6 mobiles  – 10 to close or go to volunteers. 7 to close if they don’t find a partner (43% total cut in funding). (Cinderford saved)(revised proposals here)  A further 11 reduced to 3.5 days a week. 100 library jobs to go say UNISON, 40 FTE to go says council, inc 36 managers cut to 9, 3.5 FTE librarian posts cut (to 10)]
Greenwich1 (could be turned into a Trust) (school library service closed)
Hammersmith and Fulham – 2 (to be run by volunteers) and 1 mobile (record office to have £70k cut from £88k, volunteers, presumably no professional archivists, reduced hours) (£310k cut)
Hampshire – 13 mobiles (58 FTE jobs to go) (and mobile libraries cut within two miles of each branch, this report says 18FTE to go)(libraries merged with IT/property etc) Source of number of mobiles is UNISON Hampshire, No extra overtime or weekend pay
Haringey – (staff cuts)
Harrow – (34 FTE to go)(self-service machines to increase)
Hartlepool 2 (out of 7) to close (another to merge with community centre, all library’s hours cut)
Herefordshire – (new Ledbury Library delayed) (no branches to close but mobile library review)
Hertfordshire5 mobiles (2011 Confirmed – opening hours to be cut by one third – from 2236 hours down to 1575) (mobile libraries cut) – At least one library (Borehamwood)  faces a 40% cut. (£580k cut in first year, £1.4m after) (cuts confirmed) (some mobile stops saved)
Highland – (Wick Library to close and merge with school library) (may move to being in a Trust) (this report says no closures) (suggestion that professional staff are being lost – a source is needed).
Hounslow – initial plan to close 8 cancelled after public consultation, £300k cut in bookfund, some libraries may still be at risk as cuts “postponed”.
Inverclyde – some
Isle of Wight – 5 (out of 11) (£100k offered as temporary extra)
Islington – some (£250k cut)
Kent some (volunteers to be asked to run some) (83 FTE to go as self-service comes in)- Isle of Thanet one of areas hardest hit (School library service closed)
Kingston – (50% adult bookfund cut)
Lambeth4 branches (out of 11) and 2 mobiles (setting up a trust “which will give you a chance to run libraries”)
Lancashire – 2 mobile libaries (plus 16% staffing cut)
Leeds – Up to 20 (out of 52) – council says 20 closures are not about cuts but to make service viable.
Leicestershire – NB This information is under doubt.  I have received a call saying this article relates to Leicester.  Article, though, seems to be indicate it is Leicestershire.  No libraries are down for closure according to his article, although they could all/some be transferred to a trust or privatised (merge of lending/reference- 14 FTE jobs lost).
Leicestershire – (£250k cut in bookfund and hours)
LewishamConfirmed 2011/2 5 (41% cut – £800k)
Liverpoolsome (£500k / 28% may be closures / cuts in opening hours)
Manchester – 5 (plus no libraries open on Friday or Saturday)(£394k cut) (end of homework clubs)
Merthyr Tydfil – some
Milton Keynes – 2 (Feb 2011 – closures delayed for 12 months)
Moray – some – (previously marked as no public libraries closing but council has appealed for volunteer groups to run them, may move to being in a Trust, another article here).
Newcastle – (12 jobs lost, £245k cut) (8 libraries to be semi-staffed “library express”)
Newport – 7 (“No closure plans; considering how to ensure “21st Century provision”)
Norfolk – (£1.5m over 3 yrs proposed cut inc opening hours cut, staffing cut, bookfund cut, less mobile visits)
Northern Ireland – 20 (cut in bookfund, 15 to 25% cut in hours, recruitment freeze, removal of buildings budget (denials up to 30 could close)
Northamptonshire – Up to 8 libraries originally under threat,. Libraries given a reprieve but still apparently under longer term threat. (Cuts to management and support).
Northumberland – some
North Lanarkshire – 1 (closed March 2010)
North Lincolnshire – (£15k opening hour cut, £30k Bookfund cut)
North Norfolk – some (c. £1m reduction)
North Somerset – 1 closed, 2 proposed, volunteers may run libraries. Weston Mercury update
North Yorkshire24 (out of 42) to close or be staffed by volunteers, 9 mobiles to go off road, surviving libraries could have funding cut to share out with any community-run libraries established. (£2.3m cut from £7.5m total)(£650k to keep libraries open a bit more, inc. from bookfund)
Nottingham – 1 (3 libraries to close, 2 new ones to open) (computer use to be charged)(1 library closed)
Plymouth – some – £370k cut 2011 £480k 2012 £620k 2013 – 9 FTE (10%) cut to staffing, reduction to opening hour, increased computer charging, less security.  No closures 2011 but 5 claimed as under threat for future years – Stoke, Southway, Ernesettle, Eggbuckland and West Park
Powys – (cuts, decision in March)
Redbridge – 5 out of 12 may close, another may relocate (£2.3m cut). Goodmayes saved.
Renfrewshire 1 (1 library to move into smaller sites in community centres)
Richmond – 1 (£351k cut) (service may be privatised) Heathfield due to close in March.
Rochdale1 (some library managers to to go in first phase of cuts)
Rutland – (6 libraries to have reduced hours, staff cut)
Salford3 – some libraries to move to sports centres or provide space for community groups (2 to have reduced hours)
Sandwell – some
Sefton – 3 (consultation here) (or is it “just” an opening hours cut?)
Sheffield – (30% cut expected, £2.5m) (no closures, opening hours reduced) (33 FTE, mobile reduction)
Shropshire – 2 and 3 mobiles(reference library to merge with central library)
Somerset –  2011 Confirmed – 11 (out of 34) (£1.35m cut) will be closed/offered to community groups over 2 years. 4 (out of 6) mobile libraries will also go.  25% cut in funding. Full (revised) plans here (20% cut in opening hours). Rethink on mobiles may happen – article here. Public will be asked for “voluntary contributions”.
Southampton – 2 (charges increase)
Southend – some
Southwark – (school libray service closed)
Stoke – 2 and 1 mobile library, (ends RNIB service)
Suffolkconfirmed 2011 £350k this year, 29 (out of 44) to be “divested” 2012/13 – (consultation here, £2m cut)
Sutton – some (£935k off £6m p.a. budget) (school library service to close)
Swansea – some
Thanet – some
Thurrock – Confirmed 2011 £350k cut, staffing reduction (20% cut in hours if work more than 15 hours), all to close on Mondays. 
Tower Hamlets – (staff made to reapply for their own jobs -23 library staff replaced)
Trafford – (mobile library to be staffed by volunteers)
Waltham Forest – some
Wandsworth – 1 (York Gardens – description of council proposals here) mention in Guardian here plus reduction in hours in others. Council papers here.
Warrington – (2011 Confimed)  2 and 1 mobile library confirmed . More info here. Journals stopped also, £25k off staff. £10k off reference.
Warwickshire – 16 (out of 34) (council agenda here, 30%, £2m cut from £7.4m budget over three years) – official report from council here, (£2m already cuts since 2006, staffing already cut by 63 FTE 24%),  special county map of closures here.
West Dunbartonshire – 3 (some staff losses too)
West Sussex Some (5 FTE lost, some librarians pay reduced to library assistant)
Western Isles – (cuts in opening hours by one day per week and during Summer)
Westminster – 1 (St James’s Library to close) (Marylebone may never reopen)
Wigan – Up to 15 out of 17  (£1.1m cut off £4m budget)
Wiltshire – 10 (plus reductions in hours in all but one of the others, more cuts next year) (26 FTE posts have gone in Dec 2010  inc. 9 out of 13 community librarians)(cuts include a £940k library opened Dec 2010)(self-service in all)
Worcestershire – some (Pershore library to move out of town centre) , contact centres may combine with libraries
York – (libraries to be “hit”)

Authorities which have announced there will be no library closures (2011 financial year)
Anglesey – 4 libraries earmarked for closure have apparently been (temporarily) saved. Brighton Barking and Dagenham. Blaenau Gwent, CardiffCheshire West and ChesterCornwall – (90 hours cut, £1.5m cut, one stop shops/Registrars merging into them, book supply being done differently to save money, no guarantee for 2012) (23% cut in library budget, 102 hours p.w. cut). Coventry (but less opening hours, fees to rise). Derby. Devon (may have reduced opening hours, less mobile stops, no new Exeter Library – although this article suggests mobile library service has improved).  BBC article confirms no closures. (“brutal” cuts to Exeter Record Office). Doncaster (14 under threat in 2012) Edinburgh (£550 cut) (pledge to keep open is for the lifetime of the administration). Essex(but other cuts – see list above). Haringey . Harrow (some increase in hours, more self-service but less staff). Gwynedd.   Highland (but other cuts – see list above). Hillingdon.  Hull (number of libraries actually increasing here). Kirklees. Lancashire (but staffing cuts) Leicestershire (but opening hours and bookfund cut – £250k).  Lincolnshire. Medway. Merton – (£118k cut – 2 libraries will have reduced hours but reprieved from threatened closure). Neath Port Talbot  Newcastle. Norfolk – no closures but staffing cut, bookfund cut, opening hours cut, less mobile visits).  North Ayrshire. North Lincolnshire North East Lincolnshire. Nottinghamshire  – no plans to close any branches but massive reductions in opening hours. Oldham Pembrokeshire. Plymouth (opening hours to reduce, managers to go).Plymouth (but major cuts, closures possible 2012/3) Poole. Portsmouth. Rhondda Cynon Taff: Rochdale: Southampton. Staffordshire (free internet access also retained). Sheffield (cuts in opening hours).  Slough (3 new libraries opening here, usage significantly up). Swindon. Torfaen (but one closed April 2010) Trafford – (but mobile library staff will be replaced by volunteers). West Berkshire (£200k cut). Windsor and Maidenhead. Wirral (plus £1 million investment) Wrexham  (libraries increasing)

All Quiet on the Western Front

521 libraries (461 buildings and 60 mobiles) currently under threat or recently closed (List below) out of 4517 in the UK (CILIP figures)
Summary

Well, not, “All Quiet” but still one of the quietest weekends for library news for quite a while.  Expect more confirmed cuts next week though, especially in Warwickshire.  HarperCollins have said ebooks lent at public libraries should self-destruct after 26 loans, to much disgust by librarians and users.  One commenter asks if HarperCollins want print books to be burnt after 26 issues too.

Local News – all news is representative and not comprehensive
Cambridgeshire – Group to help save library – Haverhill Echo
Cambridgeshire –  Huntingdonshire libraries at risk – £445k cut 2011, £3.2m by 2016 – Hunts Post
Croydon – £110k executive salary advertised, could have saved a library – This is Croydon Today
Dorset – council refuses £3m-saving HQ deal with Duchy of Cornwall – Dorset Echo “One could also argue that sort of money could keep libraries open”
Stoke-on-Trent – councillors explain why they missed meeting that closed two libraries – This is Staffordshire “I needed to work on my business. I’m coming to the end of my term, I’m standing down in May.”
Suffolk – council has no mandate for their plans – James’ Blog “Suffolk County Council have confirmed since then that within three years they intend to provide no library services themselves and employ no staff”
Warwickshire – Agenda sheet for 1st March council meeting to close 16 libraries – Warwickshire Council
National News
Day of action for libraries – Artists of the Resistance (missed blog from 5th Feb)
Design for Life – Save our Libraries – Voices for the Library a campaign to get “A Design For Life” by the Manic Street Preachers (first line – “libraries gave us power”) to no.1 in the music charts.
Gravy Train – Good Library Blog
Harper Collins want library Ebooks to self-destruct – Slashdot (see comments in article)
Harper Collins puts 26 loan cap on library ebook loans – Library Journal  
HarperCollins v. Libraries Round 1 – Escapism through books
I found more than I ever imagines in libraries – Scotland on Sunday “The thing is, these places are not luxuries to be given up as councils try to safeguard frontline services from brutal cuts – they ARE frontline services and they must be protected.”
Models for the alternative governance and outsourcing of public library – CILIP
Publishers slowly warm to library ebook lending – Network World
Singer Guy Garvey blasts library-killer Cameron – News of the World (behind paywall) “”It’s appalling to claim you want the Big Society one minute but close down libraries the next.” 
Something children love and need – An Awfully Big Blog Adventure
There is no conspiracy, Glenn Beck – New Statesman [UK Uncut] “What kind of world are we living in, where wanting local libraries and schools to stay open is now “extremism”, worthy of police crackdowns?”
True Brit – New York Post “Local governments responded exactly the way you’d expect: They announced that cuts in their grants had forced them to reduce hours at libraries and take away bus passes from the elderly.”

BookTrust 50% cut, Save Our Libraries Day 2012, fewer wails in Wales

521 libraries (461 buildings and 60 mobiles) currently under threat or recently closed (List below) out of 4517 in the UK (CILIP figures)
Oldham – libraries are safe.
Anglesey – minus 4 
Bridgend – plus 3 – Blaengarw, Nanrymoel, Caerau – plus opening hour cuts
Cardiff – no closures but cuts to be discussed on Thursday
Islington – some may close (£250k cut)
Medway – no closures
North Lincolnshire – (hours cut, bookfund cut)
Rochdale – no closures this year
Worcestershire – Woodrow named as under threat, all being reviewed
Summary

The Government has announced its funding plans for the BookTrust – it’s not the U-turn that seemed on the cards after the public outcry just before Christmas. In fact it’s less 180 degress than 90, as 50% of funding is going to be cut (although the Welsh Assembly has said it will continue to be fully funded there).  Speaking of Wales, its libraries appear to be suffering less badly from the cuts than England.  Usage is increasing and a large proportion of authorities are not announcing large cuts.Wales – usage increasing, many less closing. BookStart.  Perhaps they need the Save Our Libraries day proposed by Alan Gibbons slightly less than England, although it is worth pointing out that the cuts there in some counties (e.g. Flintshire and Carmarthenshire)  would have been seen as catastrophic just two years ago.

A chance for fame for librarians – “We are interested in doing a portrait project on librarians and libraries in general as well as conduct a few short interviews. We were wondering if you would be able to help us find some librarians who would be willing to have their photo taken.We have worked with various publications including The Observer Magazine and have just finished a project on the recently established co-op The People’s Supermarket.” Haarala Hamilton Photography

Local News – all news is representative and not comprehensive
Birmingham – volunteers and “hub libraries” ring warning bells but Kings Heath safe- About My Area
Bradford – library hours already eroded, now five face the axe – Keighley News
Brent – opposition group launches plan to save libraries – Harrow Observer
Camden – library cuts create “The biggest ever response to a council questionnaire”  – Camden New Journal ““This library is the heart of our community and we would be devastated if it were closed. All sorts of people use it. After school, it is packed with kids reading books, playing games and doing homework, while the computers are full of people working and researching.”
Cardiff – Cathays sees surge in users after reopening – Wales Online
Central Bedfordshire – mobile libraries are targets – BBC
Croydon – opposition budget to suggest saving libraries – This is Croydon
Doncaster – vociferous campaign to save Bawtry means closure is deferred – This is Retford
Doncaster – 3 tory councillors disciplined for voting to close libraries – Save Doncaster Libraries
Doncaster – I’d rather put off repairing roads than close a library – Doncaster Free Press
Dorset – three month reprieve for libraries –  View Online
Gloucestershire – MLA and GCC say 15000 campaigners are not “real people” – FoGL
Gloucestershire – Lib Dems say use home cash to save libraries – This is Gloucestershire
Hackney – residents stuck on wrong side of digital divide – Hackney Citizen
Hammersmith and Fulham – £70k cut to record office, volunteers to help keep open, less hours – Council
Hammersmith and Fulham – public access to borough archives will remain after u-turn – Fulham Chronicle
Haringey – protest at cuts inc. libraries – BBC
Isle of Wight – campaigners against cuts have their say – IWCP
Isle of Wight – councillor budget speech on libraries– Ventnor Blog
Isle of Wight – rubberstamping closure of five libraries – BBC
Islington – “vindictive” cuts lead to £250k cut, poss closures – Islington Tribune
Kent – Save Kent Libraries – Facebook
Kent – Say hello to the new librarian (a machine) as Kent cuts jobs – This is Kent
Lambeth – protesters occupy Town Hall against cuts in libraries – Guardian
Lancashire – 2 mobiles go – Clitheroe Advertiser

Liverpool – Back office already cut enough, services (inc libraries) need sharing between councils – BBC
Liverpool – 3000 petition for Woolton as 50% cut in budget gets people worried – Liverpool Echo
Liverpool – Election candidates in spotlight – Liverpool Leader “The forum turned fiery when the fate of Liverpool’s branch libraries was discussed.”
Manchester – thousands will march against cuts, inc libraries – Manchester Evening News
Medway – none will close – BBC
North Lincolnshire – no closures, opening hours cut (£15k), boofund cut (£30k) – This is Scunthorpe
Nottinghamshire – “ruthless” cuts but libraries kept open, bookfund threatened – This is Nottingham

Oxfordshire – Leader’s argument is “pathetic” – Oxford Mail – Leader had said to NHS psychologist who counsels dying cancer patients (and supports libraries) “I am only sorry that your love of library buildings, collections, reference books and maps does not extend to the human beings – young and vulnerable, old, disabled, with learning disabilities or mental health problems – who will have to endure extra cuts if we were to exempt libraries.”
Oxfordshire – Marston Book Festival to help show library still needed – Oxford Mail
Rochdale – no closures – Manchester Evening News
Stoke on Trent – Burslem and Fenton libraries confirmed as closing – BBC
Suffolk – public rally to oppose cuts inc. libraries – EDP
Suffolk – library campaign blog – James’ Blog
Suffolk – borough councillors demand libraries are saved – Evening Star
Suffolk – 200 protest at Saxmundhum proposed closure – BBC
Surrey – future of mobiles remains in doubt – Get Surrey
Walsall – none will close 2011, volunteers sought – Express and Star
Wiltshire – users angry at council silence – Salisbury Journal
Wiltshire – show of force in Aldbourne library to fight for closure – This is Wiltshire “One mother, Claire Ashley, went as far as to say she would have to stop her two children going to the library on their own if it was run by volunteers because she would be unsure who would be dealing with them.”
Worcestershire – Some may close inc Woodrow – Redditch Standard
York – libraries to be hit – BBC
National News
BookStart has had funding cut by 50% – BookSeller 
Evolution yes, closure no – IWR
Free books for a night, or forever – Independent (suggests World Book Night and library campaign should join forces)
Gibbons proposes National Libraries Day – BookSeller
Human rights lawyer who pursued British soldiers [for torturing] fight coalition cuts – Daily Mail – lawyer is challenging library closures in Glos and Somerset, MP Douglas Carswell claims “activist” “leftish agenda” to challenge under 1964 Libraries Act.
In the age of the Kindle, libraries are to be defended, not emptied – Caledonian Mercury
Libraries campaign event row intensifies – IWR
Libraries chief apologises to schoolgirl – Guardian
Library borrowing up again in Wales amid closure fears – BBC

Local governments will play safe with library closures, then close them anyway – IWR
Private sector provision of public services to “become the norm” – Telegraph
Save our libraries – YouGov “Public opposition does seem to be having an effect” 51% want no cuts, figure shows almost no social class divide.
SINTO library campaigns event -SINTO
Speakers withdraw from SINTO library campaign event – CILIP
Welsh Assembly to fund BookTrust in Wales – BookSeller

Legal challenges in Gloucestershire and Somerset … and a new map

522 libraries (462 buildings and 60 mobiles) currently under threat or recently closed (List below) out of 4517 in the UK (CILIP figures)

Essex – minus one mobile – no closures this year, previously fears over one mobile to close.
Milton Keynes – 2 libraries earmarked for closure given funding for one year.
Plymouth – some – £370k cut 2011 £480k 2012 £620k 2013 – 9 FTE (10%) cut to staffing, reduction to opening hour, increased computer charging, less security. No closures 2011 but 5 claimed as under threat for future years – Stoke, Southway, Ernesettle, Eggbuckland and West Park
Surrey – closures postponed to allow further consultation
Thurrock -more details – all libraries to be closed on Mondays, 20% cut in hours to library staff working more than 15 hours pw.
Westminster – plus one – St James’s Library to close in September
Wirral – all libraries confirmed as safe, £1 million allocated for equipment, books and buildings

Summary
A legal challenge is being mounted against the plans for closures in Gloucestershire and Somerset.  Solicitor Phil Shiner said: “Libraries are at the heart of communities up and down the country. Councils cannot pin their hopes on vague notions of the Big Society when they are required by Parliament to maintain a comprehensive and efficient library service for everyone in the county.”  The results of this will have great implications for the future of public libraries.  Certainly, the legal challenge in the Wirral (2009) led to massive changes, as evidenced by the newspaper article linked today showing all libraries are safe there and there is even a £1 million investment.
Please note the new map that is now being linked to on the right.  This is a big improvement to the old one, allowing far more options for what to search for.  It has been a delight to me to see how many people are willing to put in serious amounts of time to help the cause – this new map is the result.
Local News – all news is representative and not comprehensive
Dorset – why library strategy is wrong – Ventnor Blog “it breaks the principle of equity that should underpin county council decisions”
Lewisham – carnival against the cuts – South London Today “To save New Cross Library would cost £108,000.We spend more than £6.5million on consultants.” 

Plymouth – Labour councillors say two libraries will close – This is Plymouth

Somerset – Have your say on cuts – Chard and Ilminster News
Suffolk – Saxmundham protest – BBC (seems to suggest closures this year rather than next)
Surrey – library cutbacks put on hold – Get Surrey “Other recommendations were not made as a visibly stunned chairman appeared unsure over how to proceed and even began arguing with council officers over procedure.”
Wirral – commitment to keep libraries open, £1m investment – Wirral Globe
National News
David Cameron’s new adviser urges volunteer-run libraries – Guardian “Kirby believes parents should be given a fixed sum each year to spend on their child’s education, which would lead to the closure of failed schools, and says public libraries should be run by unpaid volunteers, as in America, or owned by the community.” [NB libraries are not run by unpaid volunteers in the USA]
KPMG – the driving force behind library closures? – Thoughts of a wannabe librarian

Prevent the closure of public libraries – 38 Degrees

Cornwall and Thurrock cut opening hours

522 libraries (461 buildings and 61 mobiles) currently under threat or recently closed (List below) out of 4517 in the UK (CILIP figures)

Barnsley – minus 5 – 3 to close, previously reported as “up to 8″
Bridgend – some
Cornwall – 2011 cuts confirmed – £1.5m cut, 90 hours cut in total, merge with Registars/One Stop Shops.
Lancashire – assurance given no closures, but staffing cuts.
Merthyr Tydfil – some
Thurrock – 2011 cuts confirmed – £350k cut, branches close one more day per week, staffing cut
Vale of Glamorgan – some

Summary
It is disturbing when public figures do not live up to one’s high expectations of them. It is perhaps not surprising, though, that Boris Johnson showed in the Telegraph that he was not aware that public libraries were a statutory service. It is more depressing when a schoolgirl has to point out how mistaken the head of the MLA is.  It does not bode well for public libraries that both Boris and Roy have announced themselves as keen on saving them.  With friends like these….
Oxfordshire – it’s volunteer libraries or nothing – Henley Standard. Council “is set on walking away from the service — perhaps initially offering a little bit of funding to support a new fashion for community libraries that would no doubt be pulled after a few years.”
Wales – councils to slash £175m as perfect storm hits – Wales Online
Wandsworth – wants a “Big Society” library at York Gardens (hours cut, IT suite lost, public space rented to private college, five staff to go, in most deprived ward – Independent
National News
Clarke rebuff for rightwing critics – Financial TimesOn Sunday there were reports that Oxfordshire County Council had reprieved closure-threatened libraries after Mr Cameron, who represents a constituency in the county, had expressed his displeasure. Tory MPs are receiving large volumes of e-mails from constituents over similar cuts.”
Libraries died years ago – Telegraph (letters)
What ski helmets can teach us about keeping libraries open – Telegraph (Boris Johnson does not know about the 1964 Libraries Act which means libraries are a statutory service)
List of cuts by authority (click on name of authority for link to relevant report)
NB. From 2012, the MLA will be abolished – the Arts Council will take over its role for libraries with a budget of £3m rather than £13m.  Therefore, libraries start 2012 with £10m less, regardless of any further cuts. There are 151 authorities in England, 206 in the UK.
Aberdeen – 8 (out of 16)
Aberdeenshire – some, (brief mention here seems to suggest all but this very unlikely)
Anglesey4 (may not be able to meet Welsh Assembly standards)
Angus – 4 libraries closed this year (April) to be possibly replaced by a mobile.  More info here
Argyll and Bute – 3 libraries and mobile library.
Barnet – some – public consultation here
Barnsley – 3
Bedfordshire – 1 mobile to go
Bexley – 3 and 1 mobile (3 from a list of 5 will go, plus one mobile) (this is the five) (£1m – 16% cut) (merge with Bromley?) (5 could be unpaid)
Birmingham – 39 (three libraries lose hours so Tower Hill can remain open) (school library service to close)(all branch libraries under review, £200m super library being built)
Blackburn with Darwen – 1 mobile (reduced opening hours) cut, opening hours reduced, bookfund cut.
Blackpool – 2
Bolton9 (out of 15)(£400 to £500k)
Bradford – 5
Bridgend – some (may not be able to reach Welsh Assembly library standard)
Bromley (link is on page 7) – 8 (out of 15) (KAB talking books cut)
Buckinghamshire – up to 14 to close or be staffed by volunteers (extra time given to look for volunteers) (this article says 11)(£688k cut)
Bury – 1 (1 other reduced hours) – Manchester Evening News
Calderdale – Some? (£350k cut inc.12 jobs, £200k stock)
Cambridgeshire13 (36% cut in funding, £3.2m, closures down from previously reported 19) (mobile services already “slashed”) (£1.1m cut) (school library service closed)
Camden – several plus one mobile library (£2 million cut)
Carmarthenshire5 in 2011, 18 in 2012 therefore 23.
Central Bedfordshire – one mobile library to go
Conwy – 7 (out of 12)
Cornwall – 2011 cuts confirmed – (£1.5m cut, 90 hours lost, merge with Registrars/One Stop Shops)
Coventry – (opening hours cut, more fees)
Croydon – Up to 6 (public gets to choose which), (£690k saving)
Cumbria – (review under way, no closures yet, 3 of 6 mobile libraries closed in 2010) 
Darlington – (£250k) off budget
Derbyshire – (Opening hours to be cut)
Doncaster14 safeguarded for one year (the other 12 are safe) (may also be taken out of council control) (over 50% cut in funding)
Dorset – up to 20 (out of 34) to close or be given to community groups  (£143k off bookfund).  Dorset is the sole council to receive an actual increase in funding for 2010/11. (£800k cut for libraries)(council confirms £800k cut but gives extra time for consultation)
Dumfries – 7
Essex1 mobile (extensive opening hours cuts, 21 jobs to go)
Falkirk – (transferred to Trust)
Flintshire – 5 and at least one mobile
Gateshead – some (school library service, music library, AIRS talking newspaper under threat)
Gloucestershire –  confirmed 10 branches and 6 mobiles to close or be run by volunteers. 8 libraries open 12 hours per week rather than previously proposed 3.5 [previously, up to 18 and 6 mobiles  – 10 to close or go to volunteers. 7 to close if they don’t find a partner (43% total cut in funding). (Cinderford saved)(revised proposals here)  A further 11 reduced to 3.5 days a week. 100 library jobs to go say UNISON, 40 FTE to go says council, inc 36 managers cut to 9, 3.5 FTE librarian posts cut (to 10)]
Greenwich1 (could be turned into a Trust) (school library service closed)
Hammersmith and Fulham – 2 and 1 mobile (record office to charge for access, access to be suspended) (£310k cut)
Hampshire – 13 mobiles (58 FTE jobs to go) (and mobile libraries cut within two miles of each branch, this report says 18FTE to go)(libraries merged with IT/property etc) Source of number of mobiles is UNISON Hampshire, No extra overtime or weekend pay
Haringey – (staff cuts)
Harrow – (34 FTE to go)(self-service machines to increase)
Hartlepool 2 (out of 7) to close (another to merge with community centre, all library’s hours cut)
Herefordshire – (new Ledbury Library delayed) (no branches to close but mobile library review)
Hertfordshire5 mobiles (2011 Confirmed – opening hours to be cut by one third – from 2236 hours down to 1575) (mobile libraries cut) – At least one library (Borehamwood)  faces a 40% cut. (£580k cut in first year, £1.4m after) (cuts confirmed) (some mobile stops saved)
Highland – (Wick Library to close and merge with school library) (may move to being in a Trust) (this report says no closures) (suggestion that professional staff are being lost – a source is needed).
Hounslow – initial plan to close 8 cancelled after public consultation, £300k cut in bookfund, some libraries may still be at risk as cuts “postponed”.
Inverclyde – some
Isle of Wight – 5 (out of 11) (£100k offered as temporary extra)
Kent some (volunteers to be asked to run some) (83 FTE to go as self-service comes in)- Isle of Thanet one of areas hardest hit (School library service closed)
Kingston – (50% adult bookfund cut)
Lambeth4 branches (out of 11) and 2 mobiles (setting up a trust “which will give you a chance to run libraries”)
Lancashire – 2 mobile libaries (plus 16% staffing cut)
Leeds – Up to 20 (out of 52) – council says 20 closures are not about cuts but to make service viable.
Leicestershire – NB This information is under doubt.  I have received a call saying this article relates to Leicester.  Article, though, seems to be indicate it is Leicestershire.  No libraries are down for closure according to his article, although they could all/some be transferred to a trust or privatised (merge of lending/reference- 14 FTE jobs lost).
Leicestershire – (£250k cut in bookfund and hours)
LewishamConfirmed 2011/2 5 (41% cut – £800k)
Liverpoolsome (£500k / 28% may be closures / cuts in opening hours)
Manchester – 5 (plus no libraries open on Friday or Saturday)(£394k cut) (end of homework clubs)
Merthyr Tydfil – some
Milton Keynes – 2
Moray – some – (previously marked as no public libraries closing but council has appealed for volunteer groups to run them, may move to being in a Trust, another article here).
Newcastle – (12 jobs lost, £245k cut) (8 libraries to be semi-staffed “library express”)
Newport – 7
Norfolk – (£1.5m over 3 yrs proposed cut inc opening hours cut, staffing cut, bookfund cut, less mobile visits)
Northern Ireland – 20 (cut in bookfund, 15 to 25% cut in hours, recruitment freeze, removal of buildings budget (denials up to 30 could close)
Northamptonshire – Up to 8 libraries originally under threat,. Libraries given a reprieve but still apparently under longer term threat. (Cuts to management and support).
Northumberland – some
North Lanarkshire – 1 (closed March 2010)
North Norfolk – some (c. £1m reduction)
North Somerset – 1 closed, 2 proposed, volunteers may run libraries. Weston Mercury update
North Yorkshire24 (out of 42) to close or be staffed by volunteers, 9 mobiles to go off road, surviving libraries could have funding cut to share out with any community-run libraries established. (£2.3m cut from £7.5m total)(£650k to keep libraries open a bit more, inc. from bookfund)
Nottingham – 1 (3 libraries to close, 2 new ones to open) (computer use to be charged)(1 library closed)
Nottinghamshire – (22 out of 28 libraries to have their opening hours cut, 80 FTE jobs to go, 50% off bookfund, 1 library already closed.
Oldham – (increase in volunteers, merging, cuts)
Oxfordshire – (£300k extra found – strong rumours libraries to be “saved”) (apparently confirmed 2011 but subject to review in Summer) 20 – (£2m)  list of those under threat here, Oxford Central hours extended to 7 days per week . also, Record Office cuts.
Redbridge – 5 out of 12 may close, another may relocate (£2.3m cut). Goodmayes saved.
Renfrewshire 1 (1 library to move into smaller sites in community centres)
Richmond – 1 (£351k cut) (service may be privatised) Heathfield due to close in March.
Rochdale1 (some library managers to to go in first phase of cuts)
Rutland – (6 libraries to have reduced hours, staff cut)
Salford3 – some libraries to move to sports centres or provide space for community groups (2 to have reduced hours)
Sandwell – some
Sefton – 3 (consultation here) (or is it “just” an opening hours cut?)
Sheffield – (30% cut expected, £2.5m) (no closures, opening hours reduced) (33 FTE, mobile reduction)
Shropshire – 2 and 3 mobiles(reference library to merge with central library)
Somerset –  2011 Confirmed – 11 (out of 34) will be closed/offered to community groups over 2 years. 4 (out of 6) mobile libraries will also go.  25% cut in funding. Full (revised) plans here (20% cut in opening hours). Rethink on mobiles may happen – article here. Public will be asked for “voluntary contributions”.
Southampton – 2
Southend – some
Southwark – (school libray service closed)
Stoke – 2 and 1 mobile library, (ends RNIB service)
Suffolkconfirmed 2011 £350k this year, 29 (out of 44) to be “divested” 2012/13 – (consultation here, £2m cut)
Sutton – some (£935k off £6m p.a. budget) (school library service to close)
Swansea – some
Thanet – some
Thurrock – Confirmed 2011 £350k cut, staffing reduction, one day more closing per week. 
Tower Hamlets – (staff made to reapply for their own jobs -23 library staff replaced)
Trafford – (mobile library to be staffed by volunteers)
Waltham Forest – some
Wandsworth – 1 (York Gardens – description of council proposals here) mention in Guardian here plus reduction in hours in others. Council papers here.
Warrington – (2011 Confimed)  2 and 1 mobile library confirmed . More info here. Journals stopped also, £25k off staff. £10k off reference.
Warwickshire – 16 (out of 34) (30%, £2m cut from £7.4m budget) – official report from council herespecial county map of closures here.
West Dunbartonshire – 3 (some staff losses too)
West Sussex Some (5 FTE lost, some librarians pay reduced to library assistant)
Western Isles – (cuts in opening hours by one day per week and during Summer)
Westminster – (Marylebone may never reopen)
Wigan – Up to 15 out of 17  (£1.1m cut off £4m budget)
Wiltshire – 10 (plus reductions in hours in all but one of the others) (26 FTE posts have gone in Dec 2010  inc. 9 out of 13 community librarians)(cuts include a £940k library opened Dec 2010)(self-service in all)
Worcestershire – some (Pershore library to move out of town centre) , contact centres may combine with libraries

Authorities which have announced there will be no library closures (2011 financial year)
Anglesey – 4 libraries earmarked for closure have apparently been (temporarily) saved. Brighton Barking and DagenhamCheshire West and ChesterCornwall – (90 hours cut, £1.5m cut, one stop shops/Registrars merging into them, book supply being done differently to save money, no guarantee for 2012) (23% cut in library budget, 102 hours p.w. cut). Coventry (but less opening hours, fees to rise). Derby. Devon (may have reduced opening hours, less mobile stops, no new Exeter Library – although this article suggests mobile library service has improved).  BBC article confirms no closures. (“brutal” cuts to Exeter Record Office). Doncaster (14 under threat in 2012) Edinburgh (£550 cut) (pledge to keep open is for the lifetime of the administration). Essex(but other cuts – see list above). Haringey . Harrow (some increase in hours, more self-service but less staff).    Highland (but other cuts – see list above). Hillingdon.  Hull (number of libraries actually increasing here). Kirklees. Lancashire (but staffing cuts) Leicestershire (but opening hours and bookfund cut – £250k).  Lincolnshire. Merton – (£118k cut – 2 libraries will have reduced hours but reprieved from threatened closure).  Newcastle. Norfolk – (CONFIRMED. no closures but staffing cut, bookfund cut, opening hours cut, less mobile visits).  North Ayrshire. North East Lincolnshire. Nottinghamshire  – no plans to close any branches but massive reductions in opening hours. Plymouth (opening hours to reduce, managers to go). Poole. Portsmouth. Southampton. Staffordshire (free internet access also retained). Sheffield (cuts in opening hours).  Slough (3 new libraries opening here, usage significantly up). Swindon. Trafford – (but mobile library staff will be replaced by volunteers). West Berkshire (£200k cut). Windsor and Maidenhead. Wirral