369 libraries plus 29 mobiles currently under threat or recently closed (List below “News”)
– plus two mobile libraries – Lancashire – which is also reducing staffing by 16%
– Poole has announced it will not close any libraries

You will notice that the map has changed a bit.  The comedian Mark Thomas tweeted about it, resulting in 30,000 people taking a look.  One felt so enraged by what he saw (the closures that is, hopefully not the amateur nature of the map) that he offered to help.  The aim is to put a blue pin on it for every threatened library closure.  This has meant some changes because Google Maps can only cope with around 200 pins. My thanks to our new cartographer and the many thousands out there campaigning to save public libraries.

Buckinghamshire – Use it or lose it at Burnham Library Maidenhead Advertiser
Buckinghamshire – Packed meeting on future of Stokenchurch Library – Bucks Free Press
Bury – Battle to save Unsworth Library – Manchester Evening News
Croydon – Resident’s Association fights to save library – This is Croydon Today
Doncaster – library “hit list” named – The Star
East Sussex – Self-Service coming in Uckfield and CrowboroughBBC
Gloucestershire – 10000 petition – Gazette
Gloucestershire – Updates consultation dates – FoGL
Gloucestershire – Why the Bucks volunteer-run library model is not for all – FoGL
Gloucestershire – Volunteers for Prestbury Library? – This is Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire – “With libraries closing down, unemployed people could volunteer at them” – This is Glos.
Gloucestershire – “the library cuts … go beyond necessity or common sense” Joanna Trollope in the Guardian
Gloucestershire – Your Library Needs You – Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!
Isle of Wight – 100s attend protest meeting – Isle of Wight County Press
Isle of Wight – MP heckled – Isle of Wight Radio
Lancashire – To cut 2 mobile libraries, 16% staffing cut – Champion
North Yorkshire – library sees 30% increase in usage to be closed – Malton and Pickering Mercury
Oxfordshire – Library closures could be illegal – Oxford Times
Oxfordshire – Time to sit up and take notice – Oxford Mail
Oxfordshire – Writer Peter Hitchens joins battle to save libraries – Oxford Mail
Oxfordshire – Berinsfield Library protest meeting – Oxford Mail
Oxfordshire – Marston Council fights to save closure – Oxford Mail
Poole – No library cuts – “In particular, we appreciate the vital community role performed by our libraries.” – BBC
Somerset – Ilminster residents urged to act – This is the West Country
Somerset – “Give Some Respect To Our Bibliotheque!” poetical demonstration at Glastonbury Library – Youtube
Somerset – Protest as Somerset tries to close Glastonbury Library (lots of images) – InTouchRadio
Somerset – letter to send to schools – Save Somerset Libraries via Alan Gibbons
Somerset – Sarah McIntyre gives support – Jabberworks
Swindon – Here’s one that was saved earlier – 24% increase in issues, 44% children’s – Friends of Old Town Library
Warrington – close libraries, spend on ipads for councillors – Express (NB the ipads are explained as a money-saving measure. I include this article as evidence of the importance placed on libraries)

BookTrust – time to close it down – Liberal Democrat Voice
Defending libraries – Times (letters) via Alan Gibbons
Interesting legal point – what does “efficient” mean? – Good Library Blog
Libraries – so what are our priorities? – Alan Gibbons
Libraries seen as easy touch – Guardian (full page article)
Library closures are a tragedy for our children – Readyforten
Mapped – UK library closures – Liverpool Echo
Mapped – London’s threatened libraries – Londonist
“Peter Barlow” against library closures – Mirror
Mapping library closures – Speak Before Thinking (from one of the collaborators on the map)

(USA) Libraries change lives for the better – Library Mix Archive