401 libraries plus 53 mobiles currently under threat or recently closed (List below “News”)
180 new libraries are being built in South Korea as part of a government campaign to promote reading.  This is especially fascinating as South Korea is a very high technology country (with higher internet usage than most places in Western Europe). Clearly it thinks there is a place for public libraries in the future.  While opportunities to read are being cut here (news today suggests school library services will be hit hard too), South Korea is going down a different road.  Perhaps we can send them some of our bricks?
I have seen the second mention of Dr Beeching and the railways in relation to the library cuts. In other news, the £4 billion spent on the now (literally) scrapped Nimrod spy-planes would have kept the entire UK public library service funded for nearly four years.

Hammersmith and Fulham – Charge for accessing local history is shocking – Fulham and Hammersmith Chronicle

Hertfordshire – cuts in hours – Watford Observer
Somerset – no happy ending for Highbridge Library – Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News
Suffollk – Save Leiston Library – Save Leiston Library

180 new public libraries in South Korea – Korea Herald (South Korea)
Campaigns to save libraries more successful than the Big Society – Financial Times (behind paywall but free to register for 30 days)
Value of libraries – I Love Franklin Ave (USA)