521 libraries (461 buildings and 60 mobiles) currently under threat or recently closed (List below) out of 4517 in the UK (CILIP figures)

Well, not, “All Quiet” but still one of the quietest weekends for library news for quite a while.  Expect more confirmed cuts next week though, especially in Warwickshire.  HarperCollins have said ebooks lent at public libraries should self-destruct after 26 loans, to much disgust by librarians and users.  One commenter asks if HarperCollins want print books to be burnt after 26 issues too.

Local News – all news is representative and not comprehensive
Cambridgeshire – Group to help save library – Haverhill Echo
Cambridgeshire –  Huntingdonshire libraries at risk – £445k cut 2011, £3.2m by 2016 – Hunts Post
Croydon – £110k executive salary advertised, could have saved a library – This is Croydon Today
Dorset – council refuses £3m-saving HQ deal with Duchy of Cornwall – Dorset Echo “One could also argue that sort of money could keep libraries open”
Stoke-on-Trent – councillors explain why they missed meeting that closed two libraries – This is Staffordshire “I needed to work on my business. I’m coming to the end of my term, I’m standing down in May.”
Suffolk – council has no mandate for their plans – James’ Blog “Suffolk County Council have confirmed since then that within three years they intend to provide no library services themselves and employ no staff”
Warwickshire – Agenda sheet for 1st March council meeting to close 16 libraries – Warwickshire Council
National News
Day of action for libraries – Artists of the Resistance (missed blog from 5th Feb)
Design for Life – Save our Libraries – Voices for the Library a campaign to get “A Design For Life” by the Manic Street Preachers (first line – “libraries gave us power”) to no.1 in the music charts.
Gravy Train – Good Library Blog
Harper Collins want library Ebooks to self-destruct – Slashdot (see comments in article)
Harper Collins puts 26 loan cap on library ebook loans – Library Journal  
HarperCollins v. Libraries Round 1 – Escapism through books
I found more than I ever imagines in libraries – Scotland on Sunday “The thing is, these places are not luxuries to be given up as councils try to safeguard frontline services from brutal cuts – they ARE frontline services and they must be protected.”
Models for the alternative governance and outsourcing of public library – CILIP
Publishers slowly warm to library ebook lending – Network World
Singer Guy Garvey blasts library-killer Cameron – News of the World (behind paywall) “”It’s appalling to claim you want the Big Society one minute but close down libraries the next.” 
Something children love and need – An Awfully Big Blog Adventure
There is no conspiracy, Glenn Beck – New Statesman [UK Uncut] “What kind of world are we living in, where wanting local libraries and schools to stay open is now “extremism”, worthy of police crackdowns?”
True Brit – New York Post “Local governments responded exactly the way you’d expect: They announced that cuts in their grants had forced them to reduce hours at libraries and take away bus passes from the elderly.”