317 libraries plus 20 mobiles currently under threat or recently closed (List below “News”)
The figures have changed because:
– plus six – Croydon has announced it is closing 6 out of its 12 libraries. This is on top of the local studies library already reported.

Libraries were mentioned on most national media (television and radio) today as the core central funding for each council was announces.  Libraries were repeatedly cited as examples of services to be cut.  The Times has the headline “Apocalypse Now” and chose to use a library as a main photograph.

Staffordshire joins the tiny club (Hillingdon and Wirral are the two other members I am aware of – anyone know any other council in this category?) of councils which have gone on record saying they will not close any libraries.


Buckinghamshire – Campaign to save South Petherton – This Is The West Country
Buckinghamshire – library closures not illegal – Bucks Free Press
Cambridgeshire – a case of staff levels being “frozen”? – Cambridge News
Croydon – 6 libraries (out of 12)  to close – Croydon Guardian
Doncaster – Petition to go to Hunt – Doncaster Star
Gloucestershire – council leader slow-hand-clapped by 500 at public meeting – Friends of Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire – Joanna Trollope supports libraries, council spokesman says cuts unavoidable – BBC
Gloucestershire – details of consultation times and dates – Friends of Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire – 2000 sign petition to save Bishop’s Cleeve library –  This is Gloucestershire
Hampshire – culture/libraries boss takes voluntary redundancy – Basingstoke Gazette. In his time, he had questioned buying fiction for libraries as “most people buy books”.
Oxfordshire – campaigns to fight “savage” library closures – Henley Standard
Staffordshire – all 43 branches are safe – Lichfield Blog. Council statement here
Walthamstow – St James Street Library RIP – Youtube (old video, but interesting)
Walthamstow – Campaign for Lea Bridge – Youtube (old video, but interesting)
Wigan – defence of libraries begins – Wigan Today
Worcesteshire – libraries not a priority – Worcester News
Libraries must still be run by librarians says LGA – Public Service
‘Apocalypse now’ for Libraries, Social Care and Bin Collections – Times (Behind a paywall – article has a big picture of a library as an example).
USA – libraries meet the needs of users in recession – NJ.Com
Jeremy Hunt in favour of volunteers in libraries, does not mention them replacing staff – Guardian
“Take to the barricades” – Alan Gibbons
Poorest areas will take the biggest cuts – Guardian
Front-line cuts such as to libraries are chosen instead of “vested interests” in councils – Telegraph
KPMG say libraries are soft targets for cuts – Reuters