395 libraries (319 buildings and 76 mobiles) currently under threat or closed/left council control since 1/4/11 out of c.4612 in the UK (for the complete list by area see the page “Tally by local authority”). Librarian professional body CILIP forecasts 600 libraries under threat (inc. 20% of English libraries).  The Public Libraries News figure is obtained from counting up all reports about public libraries in the media each day. 


Adam Buxton to present “Silent Library” gameshow – British Comedy Guide.  Will air on digital channel 5* from July.  Aim of the show, originally from Japan then showing in a MTV USA (linked above, NB may be offensive) is for the contestants to stay quiet in a “library” while strange things happen to them.

Changes to service

Croydon Dozen library staff lost in April. 

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