It’s over 500 libraries now – and Glos and Oxfordshire confirm.

521 libraries (460 buildings and 61 mobiles) currently under threat or recently closed (List below) out of 4517 in the UK (CILIP figures)
Bolton – minus 1 – 9 out of 15 under threat (previously listed as 10)
Bromley – plus 8 (Anerley, Penge, Burnt Ash, Hayes, Mottingham, Shortlands, Southborough, St Paul’s Cray)
Carmarthenshire – plus 18 – 5 this year (already counted) and 18 more (previously not counted) under threat in 2012.
Gloucestershire – minus 8 – confirmed that 10 libraries and 6 mobiles to close/transfer to voluntary groups. The others have had their hours increased from just 3.5 hours per week (at this level, I counted them as effectively closed) to 12 hours per week.  Previously listed on this blog as 18 libraries and 6 mobiles.
Moray – some – previously marked as no closures but new articles suggests some libraries may be moved to volunteer-only.
Northern Ireland – plus 10 – 20 to close (previously listed as 10), 15 to 25% cut in opening hours, bookfund cut, recruitment freeze, removal of capital budget.
Oxfordshire – 20 closures apparently confirmed but Leader says “”This isn’t the end of the story, we have to listen to people who use our services, take on board their views and that will influence the way in which the cuts are delivered.”
Sefton – opening hours under threat
Somerset – 11 libraries confirmed to close (already counted)
Summary
Library users and campaigners (there does not appear to be that much of a difference nowadays) will be unhappy with the confirmed cuts in Somerset and Gloucestershire.  They’re not going to be delighted in Oxfordshire either but at least there closures appear to be subject to a review during the Summer.  Northern Ireland seems to be building up to a crisis (first 10 under threat, now 20, rumours even of 30 plus other cuts).  Bromley has announced 8 under threat and news from Carmarthenshire suggests very signiificant cuts are still on the table. There’s great news from Slough, though, showing there is an alternate path.
Local News – all news is representative and not comprehensive
Bolton – last few days to be consulted – Bolton News
Bromley – closing 8 libraries is an option – Bromley Times (page.7)
Cambridgeshire – meeting results in 2 arrests, barricades – Cambridge News
Carmarthenshire – 23 under threat over 2 years but “In the survey, 56 per cent of people came out against council proposals to close up to 23 branch libraries” so “only” 5 to close in 2011 – This is South Wales
Kirklees – The Big Society “Opponents mocked the idea of volunteers taking over the likes of libraries and parks as patronising aristocratic drivel” Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Northern Ireland -Priorities wrong over libraries – Belfast Telegraph
North Yorkshire – Outrage over library closure – Gazette & Herald
Oxfordshire – council appears to confirm 20 closures, subject to review this summer – BBC (review information comes from Bookseller article)
Redbridge – Goodmayes saved – London Evening Standard – successful campaigner says “”Our message to London is that if we can be helpful to your campaign, get in touch.”
Sefton – opening hours to be cut – Liverpool Echo
Slough – new libraries despite government cuts – Slough council
Suffolk – cuts meeting tomorrow – EDP “Library staff and lollipop men and women across Suffolk have received overwhelming public support after their posts were put in jepoardy by controversial plans to slash £43m from the authority’s budget over the next 12 months.”
National News
Councillors given veto over executive pay – Telegraph – “The threatened cuts, such as the proposed closure of many libraries, cuts to social care and a refusal to fill in potholes, are proving politically damaging for the Coalition, with the Government bearing the brunt of the public’s anger”

Local authorities are reconsidering library closurs after a series of national and local demonstrations – localgov
Town hall bosses on more than the PM – Mail (PM figure excludes free London house, etc) “although local councillors constantly bemoan the underfunding of libraries…”
You’ve been ad – Sun

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
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 – up to 8
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)
Brent – 6 (out of 12) (talking to private company LSSI)
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 (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 – (23% cut, 102 hours opening lost)
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)
Doncaster – (one final step needed on 21st Feb before officially confirmed) 14, (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)
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)]
Greenwich – (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 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)
Lewisham – 5 (41% cut – £800k)
Liverpoolsome
Manchester – 5 (plus no libraries open on Friday or Saturday)(£394k cut) (end of homework clubs)
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)
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 – (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)
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)
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)
Suffolk – 29 (out of 44) – (consultation here, £2m cut)
Sutton – some (£935k off £6m p.a. budget) (school library service to close)
Swansea – some
Thanet – some
Thurrock – (may close all libraries on Mondays or reduce opening hours, £350k cut)(RNIB subscription ends)
Tower Hamlets – (staff made to reapply for their own jobs -23 library staff replaced)
Trafford – (mobile library to be staffed by volunteers)
Wakefieldat least 2 , new central library but local closures
Waltham Forest – some
Wandsworth – 1 (mention in Guardian here) plus reduction in hours in others.
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) – 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 – (one stop shops moving 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). 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). KirkleesLeicestershire (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). Walsall. Windsor and Maidenhead. Wirral

Northants not safe yet, Salford moving libraries into hospitals, Essex cuts

493 libraries (432 buildings and 61 mobiles) currently under threat or recently closed (List below) out of 4517 in the UK (CILIP figures)
Bolton – minus 1 – 9 out of 15 under threat (previously listed as 10)
Somerset – 11 libraries confirmed to close
Summary

Local News – all news is representative and not comprehensive
Kirklees – The Big Society “Opponents mocked the idea of volunteers taking over the likes of libraries and parks as patronising aristocratic drivel” Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Redbridge – Goodmayes saved – London Evening Standard – successful campaigner says “”Our message to London is that if we can be helpful to your campaign, get in touch.”
Somerset – Petitions totalling 30000: including 6500 from Glastonbury, population 9000) handed in at final counci; 25% cut over 3 years – 20% cut in opening hours of libraries not under threat, 11 libraries will close/leave council control by 2012. 
National News
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
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 – up to 8
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)
Brent – 6 (out of 12) (talking to private company LSSI)
Bromley – (KAB talking books cut)
Buckinghamshire – up to 14 to close or be staffed by 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)
Carmarthenshire – 5
Central Bedfordshire – one mobile library to go
Conwy – 7 (out of 12)
Cornwall – (23% cut, 102 hours opening lost)
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)
Doncaster – (one final step needed on 21st Feb before officially confirmed) 14, (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)
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 –  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)
Greenwich – (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 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)
Lewisham – 5 (41% cut – £800k)
Liverpoolsome
Manchester – 5 (plus no libraries open on Friday or Saturday)(£394k cut) (end of homework clubs)
Milton Keynes – 2
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 – 10 (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)
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 – 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)
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)
Sheffield – (30% cut expected, £2.5m) (no closures, opening hours reduced)
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)
Suffolk – 29 (out of 44) – (consultation here, £2m cut)
Sutton – some (£935k off £6m p.a. budget) (school library service to close)
Swansea – some
Thanet – some
Thurrock – (may close all libraries on Mondays or reduce opening hours, £350k cut)(RNIB subscription ends)
Tower Hamlets – (staff made to reapply for their own jobs -23 library staff replaced)
Trafford – (mobile library to be staffed by volunteers)
Wakefieldat least 2 , new central library but local closures
Waltham Forest – some
Wandsworth – 1 (mention in Guardian here) plus reduction in hours in others.
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) – 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 – (one stop shops moving 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). 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). KirkleesLeicestershire (but opening hours and bookfund cut – £250k).  Lincolnshire. Merton – (£118k cut – 2 libraries will have reduced hours but reprieved from threatened closure). Moray – (may move to being in a Trust, another article here). 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). Swindon. Trafford – (but mobile library staff will be replaced by volunteers). Walsall. Windsor and Maidenhead. Wirral

Northants not safe yet, Salford moving libraries into hospitals, Essex cuts

494 libraries (433 buildings and 61 mobiles) currently under threat or recently closed (List below) out of 4517 in the UK (CILIP figures)
Northamptonshire – 8 libraries temporarily saved from closure but report implies they are still under threat. Number therefore remains unchanged.  See Summary.
Salford – plus 3 – 3 libraries to close (Charlestown, Ordsall, Hope) with library service to be transferred to two hospitals and a leisure centre. Two libraries (Irlam and Cadishead) to reduce opening hours. Salford was previously listed as expecting “some” closures and so a number had not been added to the grand total.
Essex – no closures but substantial cuts to opening hours of many
Summary
Northamptonshire has announced it’s libraries are safe from closure so fantastic … but, if you read on, it’s not so rosy.  A review of the service is being undertaken, none are guaranteed as safe and, in fact, all sorts of things could happen to them. Similarly, a cursory reading of the situation in Salford would suggest libraries are doing OK – but look closer and it is nowhere near as good.  Essex are not closing any static libraries but they are going to be seriously reducing opening hours.  Therefore, the headline figure of library closure numbers which one could have expected to have gone down has actually gone up today.

David Cameron and Ed Milliband are both quoted in the national press as having mentioned libraries.  David, while talking to Liverpool about how there was no need for front-line services to close, mentioned how Oxfordshire are saving citizen’s advice bureaux.  Oddly, he neglected to mention how they are also looking to close 20 libraries. Ed Milliband pointed out that libraries are fundamental to the Big Society.

Local News – this is representative and not comprehensive
Essex – no libraries closed but major cuts to opening hours – Southend Standard
Gloucestershire – library review bid rejected – BBC “We have used every democratic tool we have, the only remaining one is the ballot box, but by then it will be too late to save our public library service.”
Liverpool – David Cameron says cuts won’t bring devastation – Liverpool Daily Post ““People ask about libraries. Libraries are vital, but if you are going back to 2007 grants, there was a good network of libraries in 2007. There should be a good network of libraries in 2011.” – (Cameron’s own county is closing 20 libraries)
Norfolk – no closures but £60m of cuts for council – BBC
Northamptonshire – eight libraries win reprieve but still under threat – BBC “”The comments we received about our library proposals demonstrated the strength of feeling people have about their local libraries.”
Oxfordshire – cuts undermine Big Society – Oxford Times “David Cameron said the concept of empowering residents to run services such as libraries, community transport or post offices, was “central to social recovery”. 
Surrey – campaigners promise to fight library closures – Get Surrey ““I support services being run by voluntary sector organisations but I do not support guns being held to people’s heads saying if you do not volunteer we will shut it.”
Surrey – wifi installed in libraries while 11 under threat – BBC
National News
“Bail-Ins” – Why be as generous to libraries as to banks? – Alan Gibbons
“Bail-Ins” protests in banks starts on Saturday – UK Uncut – “From next Saturday onwards, intrepid UK Uncut volunteers up and down the land will be bailing into the banks and setting up libraries, forests, hospitals, schools, playgrounds, leisure centres and everything else that needs saving.” Protest outside Barclays today. and acton list for forthcoming weeks is here.
Big Society branded Big Con – Mirror -“If he claims to support the Big Society then he should be worried about the closure of libraries, children’s centres, the closure of Citizens Advice Bureau services. “Because all of those things are a crucial part of the Big Society and if they shut down he is going to undermine the very idea he claims is his mission in politics.” (Ed Milliband)
Cameron’s big society relaunch in trouble, sub-heading “libraries may be run by US private firms – Independent  “However, his pledge that the Big Society was not a cover for big spending cuts was undermined by growing evidence that private firms rather than voluntary groups could land many of the new contracts to run public services”,  LSSI aims for 15% of library market within five years.
David Cameron – Being unpopular will not stop me [singles out libraries] – Daily Mail
Libraries saved by peaceful protest (esp. Isle of Wight.) – Student Guardian
MLA letter to Somerset campaigners – Alan Gibbons
Our libraries – our right to a say – Guardian (letters, hundreds of signatures, organised by Alan Gibbons)
Save our libraries – BookSeller (looks at Somerset, Harrow, Josephine Cox, volunteering (for and against), children’s libraries.
School libraries – a right – CILIP
Self-Service costs – Ventnor Blog (inc. description by RFID consultant)
We Love Libraries Flash Mob – Youtube
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
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 – up to 8
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
Bolton10 (out of 16)
Brent – 6 (out of 12) (talking to private company LSSI)
Bromley – (KAB talking books cut)
Buckinghamshire – up to 14 to close or be staffed by 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)
Carmarthenshire – 5
Central Bedfordshire – one mobile library to go
Conwy – 7 (out of 12)
Cornwall – (23% cut, 102 hours opening lost)
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)
Doncaster – (one final step needed on 21st Feb before officially confirmed) 14, (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)
Dumfries – 7
Dundee – (to transfer to the same trust as swimming pools/basketball)
Durham – some (£1.4m cut)(or is it £1.5m?)
Ealing At least 2 possibly more
East Sussex – (£313k cut) (less books bought)
Edinburgh – (£550k cut) 
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 –  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)
Greenwich – (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 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)
Lewisham – 5 (41% cut – £800k)
Liverpoolsome
Manchester – 5 (plus no libraries open on Friday or Saturday)(£394k cut) (end of homework clubs)
Milton Keynes – 2
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 – 10 (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)
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 – 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)
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)
Sheffield – (30% cut expected, £2.5m) (no closures, opening hours reduced)
Shropshire – 2 and 3 mobiles(reference library to merge with central library)
Somerset –  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)
Suffolk – 29 (out of 44) – (consultation here, £2m cut)
Sutton – some (£935k off £6m p.a. budget) (school library service to close)
Swansea – some
Thanet – some
Thurrock – (may close all libraries on Mondays or reduce opening hours, £350k cut)(RNIB subscription ends)
Tower Hamlets – (staff made to reapply for their own jobs -23 library staff replaced)
Trafford – (mobile library to be staffed by volunteers)
Wakefieldat least 2 , new central library but local closures
Waltham Forest – some
Wandsworth – 1 (mention in Guardian here) plus reduction in hours in others.
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) – 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 – (one stop shops moving 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). 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). KirkleesLeicestershire (but opening hours and bookfund cut – £250k).  Lincolnshire. Merton – (£118k cut – 2 libraries will have reduced hours but reprieved from threatened closure). Moray – (may move to being in a Trust, another article here). 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). Swindon. Trafford – (but mobile library staff will be replaced by volunteers). Walsall. Windsor and Maidenhead. Wirral

494 libraries (433 buildings and 61 mobiles) currently under threat or recently closed (List below) out of 4517 in the UK (CILIP figures)
Northamptonshire – 8 libraries temporarily saved from closure but report implies they are still under threat. Number therefore remains unchanged.  See Summary.
Salford – plus 3 – 3 libraries to close (Charlestown, Ordsall, Hope) with library service to be transferred to two hospitals and  leisure centre. Two libraries (Irlam and Cadishead) to reduce opening hours.
Summary

Local News – this is representative and not comprehensive
Gloucestershire – library review bid rejected – BBC “We have used every democratic tool we have, the only remaining one is the ballot box, but by then it will be too late to save our public library service.”
Liverpool – David Cameron says cuts won’t bring devastation – Liverpool Daily Post ““People ask about libraries. Libraries are vital, but if you are going back to 2007 grants, there was a good network of libraries in 2007. There should be a good network of libraries in 2011.” – (Cameron’s own county is closing 20 libraries)
Northamptonshire – eight libraries win reprieve but still under threat – BBC “”The comments we received about our library proposals demonstrated the strength of feeling people have about their local libraries.”
Oxfordshire – cuts undermine Big Society – Oxford Times “David Cameron said the concept of empowering residents to run services such as libraries, community transport or post offices, was “central to social recovery”. 
Surrey – campaigners promise to fight library closures – Get Surrey ““I support services being run by voluntary sector organisations but I do not support guns being held to people’s heads saying if you do not volunteer we will shut it.”
National News
“Bail-Ins” – Why be as generous to libraries as to banks? – Alan Gibbons
“Bail-Ins” protests in banks starts on Saturday – UK Uncut – “From next Saturday onwards, intrepid UK Uncut volunteers up and down the land will be bailing into the banks and setting up libraries, forests, hospitals, schools, playgrounds, leisure centres and everything else that needs saving.” Protest outside Barclays today. and acton list for forthcoming weeks is here.
Big Society branded Big Con – Mirror -“If he claims to support the Big Society then he should be worried about the closure of libraries, children’s centres, the closure of Citizens Advice Bureau services. “Because all of those things are a crucial part of the Big Society and if they shut down he is going to undermine the very idea he claims is his mission in politics.” (Ed Milliband)
Cameron’s big society relaunch in trouble, sub-heading “libraries may be run by US private firms – Independent  “However, his pledge that the Big Society was not a cover for big spending cuts was undermined by growing evidence that private firms rather than voluntary groups could land many of the new contracts to run public services”,  LSSI aims for 15% of library market within five years.
David Cameron – Being unpopular will not stop me [singles out libraries] – Daily Mail
Libraries saved by peaceful protest (esp. Isle of Wight.) – Student Guardian
Our libraries – our right to a say – Guardian (letters, hundreds of signatures, organised by Alan Gibbons)
Save our libraries – BookSeller (looks at Somerset, Harrow, Josephine Cox, volunteering (for and against), children’s libraries.
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
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 – up to 8
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
Bolton10 (out of 16)
Brent – 6 (out of 12) (talking to private company LSSI)
Bromley – (KAB talking books cut)
Buckinghamshire – up to 14 to close or be staffed by 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)
Carmarthenshire – 5
Central Bedfordshire – one mobile library to go
Conwy – 7 (out of 12)
Cornwall – (23% cut, 102 hours opening lost)
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)
Doncaster – (one final step needed on 21st Feb before officially confirmed) 14, (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)
Dumfries – 7
Dundee – (to transfer to the same trust as swimming pools/basketball)
Durham – some (£1.4m cut)(or is it £1.5m?)
Ealing At least 2 possibly more
East Sussex – (£313k cut) (less books bought)
Edinburgh – (£550k cut) 
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 –  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)
Greenwich – (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 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)
Lewisham – 5 (41% cut – £800k)
Liverpoolsome
Manchester – 5 (plus no libraries open on Friday or Saturday)(£394k cut) (end of homework clubs)
Milton Keynes – 2
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 – 10 (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)
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 – 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)
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)
Sheffield – (30% cut expected, £2.5m) (no closures, opening hours reduced)
Shropshire – 2 and 3 mobiles(reference library to merge with central library)
Somerset –  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)
Suffolk – 29 (out of 44) – (consultation here, £2m cut)
Sutton – some (£935k off £6m p.a. budget) (school library service to close)
Swansea – some
Thanet – some
Thurrock – (may close all libraries on Mondays or reduce opening hours, £350k cut)(RNIB subscription ends)
Tower Hamlets – (staff made to reapply for their own jobs -23 library staff replaced)
Trafford – (mobile library to be staffed by volunteers)
Wakefieldat least 2 , new central library but local closures
Waltham Forest – some
Wandsworth – 1 (mention in Guardian here) plus reduction in hours in others.
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) – 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 – (one stop shops moving 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). 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). KirkleesLeicestershire (but opening hours and bookfund cut – £250k).  Lincolnshire. Merton – (£118k cut – 2 libraries will have reduced hours but reprieved from threatened closure). Moray – (may move to being in a Trust, another article here). 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). Swindon. Trafford – (but mobile library staff will be replaced by volunteers). Walsall. Windsor and Maidenhead. Wirral

9 Year Old Girl starts national petition and an email from the MLA boss

491 libraries (430 buildings and 61 mobiles) currently under threat or recently closed (List below) out of 4490 in the UK.

Redbridge – Goodmayes Library saved but no change as overall figure as number still remains at 5 out of 12 under threat. 
Thurrock – considers closing all libraries on a Monday or reduce opening hours of smaller libraries
Summary
Roy Clare CBE, chief executive officer of the quango MLA sent an email today about a young library campaigner.  A 9 year old girl had written to David Cameron to save her libraries and then, when this was deflected, Jeremy Hunt,  about saving libraries – who said she should talk to the relevant council.  At this point, Jessica gave up and complained to the “First News” who have started a petition.

Roy asks, presumably ironically, if anyone has (a) explained the state of the national finances to Jessica, (b) does she know that councils are accountable in law and that governmental intervention is very rarely used “and only in the most extreme cases”, (c) if she has asked her relevant council [the logo on the door behind suggests it is Buckinghamshire] if it has a plausible and efficient strategy, (d) that a national petition is “froth without substance” unless addressed at the offending council, and (e) only local lobbying and local campaigns could bring changes. He ends the email with..”after all, when tearful teenagers wrote to the PM about the break-up of Take That more than a decade ago No.10 couldn’t fix that either.”

Leaving aside apparently equating dismantling the national library service to the fate of a pop group this can be seen, in a certain light, as actually a handy help sheet for local campaigners about what to do.  However, Mr Clare does come across as slightly … [insert your own words here] … talking about the efforts of a nine year old girl unhappy with the closure of her two nearest libraries. It also is another piece of evidence suggesting he is unlikely to advocate many interventions to the Government – which is a shame as Ed Vaizey has indicated he will not act without the MLA’s recommendation.  Having said that, there are some encouraging signs.

David Cameron on the BBC Ten O’ Clock News today was directly asked whether people would blame him or the council for closing a library (or a SureStart Centre).  He answered that clearly people are going to blame him. 

Local News – this is representative and not comprehensive
Brent – Philip Pullman slams council over plans to shut Kensal Rise – London Evening Standard
Dorset – campaigners urge merge of Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole – Bournemouth Echo
Gloucestershire – scrutiny committee farce, councillors slow hand-clapped – FoGL
Leeds – don’t shelve our library! 100 protesters take out 2000 books – Pontefract and Castleford Express
Lewisham – what to do with five closed Lewisham libraries? – Londonist
Milton Keynes – Statistics used to threaten Stony Strafford are flawed, and challenged – About My Area
Milton Keynes – Critique of the porposal to close Stony Strafford – FoSSL
Northern Ireland – denials that up to 30 libraries may close – Belfast Telegraph
North Yorkshire – proposed closures “don’t make sense” – Voices For The Library

Oxfordshire – libary cuts may be unlawful says councillor ““We note as a matter of law that the statutory duty of the council under the 1964 Act cannot be substituted, in whole or in part, by any Big Society initiative.” – Henley Standard

National News
Big Society – BBC NewnightEver since I heard the term “Big Society” I’ve seen my nearest library as the thermometer for its success”
Chetham’s library – 350 years of being a public library – Daily Mail
Government may take direct control over libraries – BookSeller

Sunday update

Jeremy Hunt may take over Libraries

491 libraries (430 buildings and 61 mobiles) currently under threat or recently closed (List below) out of 4490 in the UK.
– plus one mobile – Bexley article mentions mobile could be cut, not previously listed.
– minus 3 – North Ayrshire – no libraries to close 2011.
– minus 6 – Walsall – no libraries to close 2011.
Newcastle – £245k cut, 12 jobs lost.
– plus some – Sutton – £935k off £6m p.a. service
– plus 1 – Nottingham – one library closed in Sep 2010 (S)
– plus 2 – Ealing – Hanwell and Perivale are feared to be under threat (S)

Summary
Strong rumours in the Sunday Times and other sources are circulating that Jeremy Hunt is taking over the control of the Libraries brief with Ed Vaizey taking a more junior role. The Government may step in and take over libraries in areas where the councils are not showing “restraint” with cuts in libraries. Libraries are, due to massive national protest and media attention, now firmly on the news agenda and the Government is taking note.  Who would have thought that three months ago? (S)
Unsurprisingly given his previous inaction, Ed Vaizey said recently he cannot call a national public inquiry but he will look into challenges after councils have their final meetings.  He appears already to have let pass the cut in Hertfordshire’s hours by one third – this has not made the headlines (much) as no libraries would close but it’s still a cut of one-third.  Two legal challenges to the cuts have been agreed to be worked upon by solicitors. We need to be aware that with the concentration on keeping libraries open, it is easy to miss other cuts to them.  In the Wirral, 50 library staff are to leave (nearly one-third of workforce).  That’s going to have to hurt the service to the public, even though some are going to be replaced.  All around the country, bookfunds and opening hours are being cut.  In Newcastle, none may close by some definitions but some appear to be about to open unstaffed. So, the headline figure at the top of the blog is eye-catching but deceptive.  Only a fully funded national public library service can, after all, tell the whole story.

Local News – this is representative and not comprehensive (S) shows item added on Sunday
Doncaster – How libraries can help the Mayor – Save Doncaster Libraries 
Gloucestershire – library users fight cuts – ITV Westcountry Regional News “Up until the age of 19 I couldn’t even read.  I taught myself to read in this library”.  Library about to close.
Gloucestershire – libraries packed with campaigners – Wilts and Glos Standard
Greenwich – Protesters take to the streets – News Shopper (S)
Newcastle – city council looks at major cuts to libraries, libraries to lose staff – Chronicle
Oxfordshire – council “wins more money” for libraries – Oxford Mail “None of us have ever known a budget process whereby central Government is still informing councils of funding updates in February.” says Leader.
Sheffield – 800 job losses “not the end of the world” says Leader – Library Workers for a Brighter Future
Somerset – protests to save Watchet library – This is the West Country (S)
Stirling – how the library saved her life – Voices For The Library
Wigan – Library opens early for DJ Shaun – Bolton News “It’s about community, it’s about inclusion”.
National News (S) shows item added on Sunday
Authors call for moratorium on library closures – BookSeller 
Bad week for the big society – Mirror – ““helping ourselves” has become in the eyes of many “fending for ourselves” (S)
Bloated councils are cheating democracyDaily Mail
Book-Rap by Maria Tolly “We all agree that the place to be is the library”
Britain faces closing the book on libraries – National Public Radio (USA)
Britains’ do-it-yourself government – Globe and Mail (Canada) “the inexpert but enthusiastic will take over libraries” (S)
Britain’s PM is killing his country” Star (Canada) He is closing libraries and making university unaffordable. He is hacking at the BBC and cutting its worldwide audience by 30 million listeners. He is destroying the literacy that is one of the few attractive things left in this country.”
Ed Miliband – Big Society: a cloak for the small state – Independent on Sunday “Mr Cameron should visit the local libraries in my constituency. These are not some monolithic institutions of crude Conservative caricature. They have classes for new mums and babies, after-school activities for young people, clubs for the elderly. They are owned by government but they nurture community. And now many of them are threatened with closure.” (S)
In it together – BookSeller “the next few weeks are the most crucial. During February, most LEA consultation periods come to an end and council budgets for the year ahead will be finalised.”
Libraries survive on borrowed time – Scotsman (partial paywall)
Lisa Nandy MP “Bring the tories to book over library closures” – Tribune
Ministers may grab control of libraries if councils fail to act with restraint – Sunday Times (S) behind paywall.
PM says “libraries should wake up to new technology”, commenters point out they have– Public Service
Politics UK – BBC World Service (9:35 to 19:00) featuring Kate Mosse “the library is the heart of the community … the one free space”. Adam Smith Institute say its “nostalgia”, “we’re all connected” and “we have huge access to books” and advocates private company control.  Two different worlds (S).
Two legal cases under way to save libraries – Good Library Blog
Unhappy ending for books – Express (Comment) – “we should be wary of creating a world in which the younger generation has no real access to the written word” (S)
Why save libraries? – Telegraph “at their best, they set the tone for what I suppose Kenneth Clark would have called “civilised” values”
Withdrawal Method – SchNews

Reasons to be cheerful – except in Carmarthenshire and Nottingham

496 libraries (436 buildings and 60 mobiles) currently under threat or recently closed (List below).

– plus 1 – Nottingham – (Carlton Road, St Ann’s and Bulwell).  I will count this as one closure on the grounds that the three will be replaced with two new libraries. Charging for computers introduced.
– minus 4 – Isle of Wight – new proposals mean 4 saved, 5 (out of 11) still under threat
– plus 5 – Carmarthenshire – five under threat (Pontyates, Pontyberem, Dafen, Tumble and Llanybydder)
Sheffield – none to close, opening hours to reduce
– minus 1 – Kirklees – 1 previously feared as under threat, council has declared none will close this year.

Summary
Several authorites have today announced there will be no library closures to. Over 30 authorities have guaranteed no closures so far for 2011, although the number that have announced no cuts in service is substantially lower. Two other things brought a smile to my face.  One was a spoof “Downfall” Hitler clip that made me laugh out loud.  I particularly liked the bit where Hitler asks all those generals who used a library recently to leave the room.  Another item was a rather impressive live music event/mini-festival to take place to protest against the biggest cuts to libraries since the Dark Ages.
 
Local News – this is representative and not comprehensive 
Bexley – £1m (out of £6m) cut, 5 under threat – News Shopper
Carmarthenshire – five under threat – This is South Wales
Cheshire West and Chester – no library closures – Northwich Guardian
Conwy – Schoolboy leads fight to save Penrhyn – North Wales Weekly News
Essex – opening hours cuts – Yellow Advertiser
Flintshire – Deeside residents protest in 1000 petition – Flintshire Chronicle
Gloucestershire – mystery surrounds talks with “partners” Is it Glos Police? – FoGL 
Gloucestershire – support for volunteers “seriously underestimated – FoGL
Gloucestershire – Sally Grindley adds support – FoGL
Hammersmith & Fulham – access to public records cut/suspended – Fulham Chronicle
Hertfordshire – Cuffley against near halving of it’s library’s hours – Hoddesdon News
Hounslow – Brentford Library Read-In “wonderful support” – Hounslow Chronicle
Hounslow – protest march to take place – Hounslow Chronicle
Hounslow – protest meeting held – Hounslow Chronicle
Hounslow – reporters take to the streets for petition – Hounslow Chronicle
Isle of Wight – lifeline offered – BookSeller
Isle of Wight – verbatim speech details new proposals – Ventnor Blog
Kirklees – none to close Examiner
Leeds – Holbeck Library closure “another nail in the coffin” Guardian (Leeds Today)
North East Lincolnshire – none to close – This is Grimsby
North Yorkshire – Easingwold closure would cut town’s lifeline – Press
North Yorkshire – Liberals (NB not Lib Dems) to propose keeping open libraries but with less hours – Gazette
Northern Ireland – Save Greystone Library – Antrim Times

Nottingham – 3 libraries threatened with closure, 2 new will be built – This is Nottingham

Warwickshire – Bidford library’s future “in balance” – Tewkesbury Ad Mag “We only got the library five years ago”
National News
17 Lib Dem Leaders compain – Coalition faces local revolt over cuts (inc. libraries) – Reuters “Rather than assist the country’s recovery by making public sector savings in a way that can protect local economies and the front line, the cuts are so structured that they will do the opposite,” the Lib Dems wrote in a letter to the Times.”
David Cameron’s literary agent protests against library closures – First Post (The Week) 
Ditch the library cuts – Socialist Worker
Grandstanding councils playing politics with front-line budgest says Pickles – 24dash 
Hilary Benn says councils have a statutory requirement to provide a quality service – DeHaviland (paywall) 
Libraries need the cash more – Financial Times (2/9ths of Bob Diamond’s bonus would save every library in North Yorkshire)
Library should not be a glorified Starbucks – Spiked (argument versus libraries being cafes/community centres)
Lib Dem grassroots turn on Government – Spectator The numerous protests outside town halls, community centres, libraries and so forth are indicative of something deeper than tribal political activism.”

LSSI webpage

Simon Hoggart’s Sketch – Guardian – “librarians, and people who work in citizens’ advice bureaux or run community centres, are going to be fired. This will leave them with loads of free time to do voluntary work in libraries, citizens’ advice bureaux and community centres.”
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.
Aberdeen – 8 (out of 16)
Aberdeenshire – some, (brief mention here seems to suggest all but this very unlikely)
Anglesey4
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 – up to 8
Bedfordshire – 1 mobile to go
Bexley – 3 (3 from a list of 5 will go, plus one mobile) (this is the five) (£1m – 16% cut)
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
Bolton10 (out of 16)
Brent – 6 (out of 12) (talking to private company LSSI)
Bromley – (KAB talking books cut)
Buckinghamshire – up to 14 to close or be staffed by 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)
Carmarthenshire – 5
Central Bedfordshire – one mobile library to go
Conwy – 7 (out of 12)
Cornwall – (23% cut, 102 hours opening lost)
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)
Doncaster – (one final step needed on 21st Feb before officially confirmed) 14, (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)
Dumfries – 7
Dundee – (to transfer to the same trust as swimming pools/basketball)
Durham – some (£1.4m cut)(or is it £1.5m?)
Ealing – some
East Sussex – (£313k cut) (less books bought)
Edinburgh – (£550k cut) 
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 –  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)
Greenwich – (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 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)
Lewisham – 5 (41% cut – £800k)
Liverpoolsome
Manchester – 5 (plus no libraries open on Friday or Saturday)(£394k cut) (end of homework clubs)
Milton Keynes – 2
Newport – 7
Norfolk – (£1.5m over 3 yrs proposed cut inc opening hours cut, staffing cut, bookfund cut, less mobile visits)
Northern Ireland – 10
Northamptonshire – 8 out of 38 may close, 2 mobile libraries to end. Cuts to management and support also.
Northumberland – some
North Ayrshire
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)
Nottingham – 1 (3 libraries to close, 2 new ones to open) (computer use to be charged)
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 – 20 – (£2m)  list of those under threat here, Oxford Central hours extended to 7 days per week 
Redbridge – 5 out of 12 may close, another may relocate.
Renfrewshire 1 (1 library to move into smaller sites in community centres)
Richmond – 1 (£351k cut) (service may be privatised)
Rochdale1 (some library managers to to go in first phase of cuts)
Rutland – (6 libraries to have reduced hours, staff cut)
Salford – some
Sandwell – some
Sefton – 3 (consultation here)
Sheffield – (30% cut expected, £2.5m) (no closures, opening hours reduced)
Shropshire – 2 and 3 mobiles(reference library to merge with central library)
Somerset –  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)
Suffolk – 29 (out of 44) – (consultation here, £2m cut)
Sutton – (school library service to close)
Swansea – some
Thanet – some
Thurrock – (RNIB subscription ends)
Tower Hamlets – (staff made to reapply for their own jobs -23 library staff replaced)
Trafford – (mobile library to be staffed by volunteers)
Wakefieldat least 2 , new central library but local closures
Walsall – 6 (30 FTE)  Count cut from 8 to 6 due to article here
Waltham Forest – some
Walthamstow – some
Wandsworth – 1 (mention in Guardian here) plus reduction in hours in others.
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) – 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 – (one stop shops moving 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). 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). Edinburgh (£550 cut) (pledge to keep open is for the lifetime of the administration). Essex(but other cuts – see list above). Haringey . HarrowHighland (but other cuts – see list above). Hillingdon.  Hull (number of libraries actually increasing here). KirkleesLeicestershire (but opening hours and bookfund cut – £250k).  Lincolnshire. Merton – (£118k cut – 2 libraries will have reduced hours but reprieved from threatened closure). Moray – (may move to being in a Trust, another article here). Newcastle. Norfolk – (no closures but staffing cut, bookfund cut, opening hours cut, less mobile visits). 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). Swindon. Trafford – (but mobile library staff will be replaced by volunteers). Windsor and Maidenhead. Wirral

“Only the Prime Minister could blame libraries for closing themselves” Ed Miliband at PMQs

495 libraries (435 buildings and 60 mobiles) currently under threat or recently closed (List below)

– plus eight – Aberdeen to close 8 (out of 16).  Report says closing 8 would allow the remaining eight to have more opening hours.

Summary

David Cameron during Prime Minister’s Question Time –

“But I think we all know, we all know a truth about libraries, which is those that will succeed are the ones when they wake up to the world of new technology, of the Internet and everything else, and investment goes in. That is what needs to happen, and should councils look at community solutions for other libraries I believe that they should. And I think instead of sniping and jumping on every bandwagon, he ought to get behind the big society.”
Ed Milliband –
“Mr Speaker, only this Prime Minister could blame the libraries for closing”
Transcript and recording taken here, with kind permission of John Kirriemuir, who also provides further analysis on his blog. More analysis in National News section below.
Local News – this is representative and not comprehensive
Aberdeen – councillors advised to close eight libraries – Press and Journal
Dorset – Minette Walters joins the fight – Dorset Echo ““If the Victorians – who invented libraries – believed that rural dwellers deserved the same access to fact and fiction as town dwellers, and have the same ability to understand it, then shame on you for thinking otherwise.”

Oxfordshire – West Oxfordshire Council leader (and David Cameron’s election agent) joins protest against library funding cuts – Witney Gazette

National News
“Big Society punch up” – Telegraph – “Ed started talking about libraries. Dave said: “I think we all know the truth about libraries!” Do we? Maybe the truth about libraries is like the truth about the Big Society. We all know what it is, but we can’t explain it out loud.”
Caring, sharing way to bad times – Independent – “Libraries, for example, must be one of the best examples of society, paid for communally, in which everyone has access to books, newspapers and computers. So a Big Society would surely build more of them; but instead it’s shutting hundreds down, presumably because we’re all sick of the stifling nannying ways of the library service.”
“I’m a child of the library” (song) – Just a Summary “A sea of story waits for you behind the lib’ry door,
Don’t say we can’t afford them any more.”
In defence of the public library – Courier “Policymakers eager to pare costs should be wary of viewing libraries as easy targets for cuts — the public like them and with each closure or contraction a community is deprived of a free, safe, valued and valuable public space.”
Labout votes against the local government finance settlement, citing unfairness inc. libraries – Labour
Save your local library – Spectator
Simple way to get public libraries open – Institute of Economic Affairs (same organisation, different person to the speaker on “Your and Yours” yesterday, the “simple way” is to ask everyone for a charitable donation).
Social networking success story – Voices for the Library
Speech against library closures – Artsfunding 
Volunteers in libraries were a failure once – Witney Gazette “It has been suggested that our libraries can be run and funded by volunteers. This approach was tried in the post-war years. The initial set-up was fine, but quite soon the stock of books became worn and dated, and the volunteer pool dried up to a very few dedicated people. When they gave up, there was nothing until the county council stepped in”
Well-fought fight – Spectator – (on David Cameron on libraries …”To suggest that some kind of freemarket Darwinism should overtake cherished public services is a reckless move)
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.
Aberdeen – 8 (out of 16)
Aberdeenshire – some, (brief mention here seems to suggest all but this very unlikely)
Anglesey4
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 – up to 8
Bedfordshire – 1 mobile to go
Bexley – 3 (3 from a list of 5 will go, plus one mobile) (this is the five)
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
Bolton10 (out of 16)
Brent – 6 (out of 12) (talking to private company LSSI)
Bromley – (KAB talking books cut)
Buckinghamshire – up to 14 to close or be staffed by 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)
Central Bedfordshire – one mobile library to go
Conwy – 7 (out of 12)
Cornwall – (23% cut, 102 hours opening lost)
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)
Doncaster – (one final step needed on 21st Feb before officially confirmed) 14, (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)
Dumfries – 7
Dundee – (to transfer to the same trust as swimming pools/basketball)
Durham – some (£1.4m cut)(or is it £1.5m?)
Ealing – some
East Sussex – (£313k cut) (less books bought)
Edinburgh – (£550k cut) 
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 –  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)
Greenwich – (could be turned into a Trust) (school library service closed)
Hammersmith and Fulham – 2 and 1 mobile (record office to charge for access) (£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 – 9 (out of 11) (£100k offered as temporary extra)- most serious cuts I am aware of  (consultation ends 7 Feb)
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)
Kirklees – at least 1
Lambeth4 branches 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)
Lewisham – 5 (41% cut – £800k)
Liverpoolsome
Manchester – 5 (plus no libraries open on Friday or Saturday)(£394k cut) (end of homework clubs)
Milton Keynes – 2
Newport – 7
Norfolk – (£1.5m over 3 yrs proposed cut inc opening hours cut, staffing cut, bookfund cut, less mobile visits)
Northern Ireland – 10
Northamptonshire – 8 out of 38 may close, 2 mobile libraries to end. Cuts to management and support also.
Northumberland – some
North Ayrshire
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)
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 – 20 – (£2m)  list of those under threat here, Oxford Central hours extended to 7 days per week 
Redbridge – 5 out of 12 may close, another may relocate.
Renfrewshire 1 (1 library to move into smaller sites in community centres)
Richmond – 1 (£351k cut) (service may be privatised)
Rochdale1 (some library managers to to go in first phase of cuts)
Rutland – (6 libraries to have reduced hours, staff cut)
Salford – some
Sandwell – some
Sefton – 3 (consultation here)
Sheffield – (30% cut expected, £2.5m)
Shropshire – 2 and 3 mobiles(reference library to merge with central library)
Somerset –  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)
Suffolk – 29 (out of 44) – (consultation here, £2m cut)
Sutton – (school library service to close)
Swansea – some
Thanet – some
Thurrock – (RNIB subscription ends)
Tower Hamlets – (staff made to reapply for their own jobs -23 library staff replaced)
Trafford – (mobile library to be staffed by volunteers)
Wakefieldat least 2 , new central library but local closures
Walsall – 6 (30 FTE)  Count cut from 8 to 6 due to article here
Waltham Forest – some
Walthamstow – some
Wandsworth – 1 (mention in Guardian here) plus reduction in hours in others.
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) – 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 Dagenham. Cornwall – (one stop shops moving 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). 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). Edinburgh (£550 cut) (pledge to keep open is for the lifetime of the administration). Essex(but other cuts – see list above). Haringey . HarrowHighland (but other cuts – see list above). Hillingdon.  Hull (number of libraries actually increasing here). Leicestershire (but opening hours and bookfund cut – £250k).  Lincolnshire. Merton – (£118k cut – 2 libraries will have reduced hours but reprieved from threatened closure). Moray – (may move to being in a Trust, another article here). Newcastle. Norfolk – (no closures but staffing cut, bookfund cut, opening hours cut, less mobile visits). 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). Swindon. Trafford – (but mobile library staff will be replaced by volunteers). Windsor and Maidenhead. Wirral

Cuts in Manchester, “You and Yours” hour-long libraries special

487 libraries (427 buildings and 60 mobiles) currently under threat or recently closed (List below)
– plus five – Manchester– Five to close, all libraries to close on Fridays and Sundays
– plus four – Southwark
– minus eight – Newcastle Upon Tyne – this library service has been in contact and assured VTFL that these libraries will not be unstaffed.  Until this is confirmed either way, I have in the interests of accuracy, taken the branches off the list.   
– plus one mobile library – Blackburn with Darwen
Summary
The stand out today is the cuts in Manchester, of which the cut of five libraries has featured prominently in all the media coverage I have seen.

You and Yours did an hour-long discussion on libraries featuring Annie Mauger from CILIP, the mayor of Doncaster and a spokesman from the IEA who said at the start that “Books are cheap so that’s not a problem for anybody” and that “amateurs can do the job” of librarians.  “Fury doesn’t even come close” to the reaction that the public gave to his views that everyone should have a Kindle and that grandmother should be sent SD cards.  The programme was overwhelmed with emails and “Uniquely, they all say the same thing, libraries are not just about books”.  People phoning in also seemed very much in support of libraries.  2 out of 700 were in favour of closing libraries.  2.  Out. Of. 700. Listen if you can.

Local News – this is representative and not comprehensive – (S) shows items added on Sunday evening
Kent –  Special Library closures programme – ITV Meridian Tonight (Trailer at 29:00) 

Manchester – Five libraries to close, all to close on Fridays and Sundays – Manchester Evening News

Is Cameron able to rescue the Big Society – Telegraph (“why does it follow that libraries or social care should suffer as a consequence?”)
Josephine Cox joins library campaign – BBC News Lancashire
Let them buy their own books – Guardian (cartoon)
Library cut protests on the rise – Scottish Big Issue (289 comments)