301 libraries plus 19 mobiles currently under threat or recently closed.

Reason for the change in figures today (from 279 libraries and 19 mobiles yesterday)
– Plus 17 – Dorset – this authority had already announced “some” branches were under threat but has now said up to half of its 34 branches are to close or taken over by community groups.
– Plus 5 – Flintshire – this is an entirely new figure.
– Minus 2 – Hartlepool – Up to 3 had been earmarked for closure but the actual cut is 1 (plus a merger with a communty centre and a reduction in hours in all branches)
– Plus 2 – Suffolk – this is a new figure – “one or two” to close.

Devon – mobile stops cut “arbitrarily” – 
Dorset – Up to 17 out of 34 libraries to close or be given away – Bournemouth Echo
Flintshire – 5 to go – Leader
Gloucestershire – Campaign group to save libraries – Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard
Gloucestershire – situation report on libraries petition – Friends of Glos Libraries
Gloucestershire – Joanna Trollope supports campaign to save libraries – Friends of Glos Libraries
Gloucestershire – Historical Society to take over Wotton-Under-Edge – Gazette
Gloucestershire – Petition to save Longlevens – This is Gloucestershire
Hartlepool – 1 closure, 1 merge, all opening hours cut – Hartlepool Mail
Lancashire – your chance to suggest cuts – Lancashire Telegraph
Leeds – “cuts like the 1930s” – Guardian
Leeds – plans to close up to 20 to go to public consultation – Guardian
Lewisham – decision to close 5 libraries delayed until January – Guardian
Northumberland – some libraries may go – Journal Live
North Somerset – “If people are prepared to jump up and down about a library then they should be prepared to help run this service too” – Weston Mercury
Suffolk – “1 or 2” libraries to close – BBC Suffolk
Wirral – libraries are great but all are closed on Wednesday – Wirral Globe

Australia – Open Letter to Jeremy Hunt from Australian Libraries – New Technology Interest Group’s Blog
Vftl – David McMenemy Guest Blog – Voices for the Library