Libraries under threat count = 171 plus three mobile library services. 

Figure concentrates on libraries whose closures or transfer to volunteers have been announced since 20th October.  40 are, for instance, under threat in Birmingham but this is not included on the list as it was announced earlier in the year. I have also not included libraries where the figure is not clear – however, I am taking the worst case scenario in those cases where numbers have been announced so this will probably balance things out. Another exclusion are those with reductions in staff, opening hours, bookfund etc – there are a lot of these and it runs the risk of losing the impact of the running total.

All figures are taken from articles on the blog – google within the blog for the relevant articles. 

This is as comprehensive list as one man on one PC, with poor mathematical skills and with a very depressing (since 20.10.10) hobby can achieve.  Please feel free to contact me with amendments.

Uklibrarywatch have a comprehensive list of the fate facing UK libraries.


Jersey – standards may drop – BBC
Isle of Wight – Up to 10 libraries to close, service only has 11 to begin with –

In our defence

Arts Council to take over MLA role for libraries – BookSeller. DCMS articleLeeds – campaign in defence of York Road Library –
Libraries Quiz – Guardian
Gloucestershire – article in defence of libraries – cuts include withdrawing whole mobile library service, 7 libraries reduced to 3 hours per week, including this leads to 18 library closures – This is Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire – author joins fight – This is Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire – 1000 march – Socialist Party
Gloucestershire – campaign on the radio – Friends of Gloucestershire
North Yorkshire – in defence of the 24 libraries – Northern Echo
Campaign for the Book newsletter –
Librarians “gagged” – Johanna Bo Anderson’s blog
Ebooks in libraries – Gone Digital

USA – when librarians d’t answer the question, users quit – Library Journal
The most beautiful libraries in the US, allegedly – Flavorwire