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

Reasons for increases to figure.
– Plus 7 and 2 mobiles – Gloucestershire.  Figure increased due to comment from a Glos campaigner (on 6 Dec news – see below) who has kindly clarified I was using optimistic (!) figures.  Figure now 25 libraries and 6 mobiles if one includes those reduced to a pitiful 3.5 hours per week.
– Plus 8 – Figure increased by 8 as Walsall cuts noticed and included (thanks to Library Watch). Walsall are putting all their libraries under review, with the worst 8 closing.
– Plus 1 -Shropshire is considering merging it’s reference library with Shrewsbury public library – I am including this as a loss as up to 10FTE could go.

Barking and Dagenham – petition to save Chadwell Heath – gopetition.com
Barking and Dagenham – Facebook group to save Chadwell Heath – Facebook
Gloucestershire – protesters demand apology – Gloucestershire Echo. Comment by campaigner here. Fascinating fight in the comments with an anti-library commenter.
Hampshire – Libraries chief retires, dept to merge – BookSeller
Leicestershire – smaller libraries could be run by community groups – inLoughborough
Oxfordshire – cuts driven by ideology – Oxford Times
Shropshire – Reference Library may merge with Shrewsbury Library – Shropshire Star
Wandsworth – meeting at York Gardens – Battersea People
Wiltshire – protests at move out of town of Melksham Library – This is Wiltshire

Big Books charity in libraries – Guardian
INDIA – and we thought we had problems, over 3000 libraries closed – Times of India
US – Small is all, who runs the USA’s 9214 libraries? – American Libraries
US – Big Tent Librarianship – Library Journal