401 libraries plus 53 mobiles currently under threat or recently closed (List below “News”)
– plus 11 branches and 5 mobiles – Surrey – library service to be reduced to “core” and community-run branches.
More information on Hounslow’s cuts has come out.  This borough is worth looking at closely as it is the only authority to have its libraries run by a private company. Over £5m was given to Laing in 2009 by Hounslow Council to improve its libraries, many of which are now earmarked for closure. It does not appear that the company is penalising the council for, presumably, breaking the terms of its contract.

Surrey has announced cuts very similar to those that have caused such furore in Somerset, Gloucestershire and (increasingly) Dorset.  The comment by the deputy leader that he does not see libraries in physical buildings in the future seems, at the moment, more like reading the headlines than fortune-telling.

A Gloucestershire councillor has suggested users can be charged for using a community-run library.  This is the first time I am aware of that this has been publicly raised. 
Somerset – Hope for Libraries – ITV Regional News (2 minutes)
Swindon – no libraries to close, paid staff needed in branches – volunteer library has seen usage decline, only one child taking part in summer reading scheme – Swindon Advertiser
CILIP asks all to take a stand as 94 out of 115 authorities report cuts – Morning Star
Read-Ins planned throughout country – Coalition of resistance
So what’s in a library? – ITV Regional News
What is it about library closures? – BBC Paul on Politics