405 libraries (325 buildings and 80 mobiles) currently under threat or closed/left council control since 1/4/11 out of c.4612 in the UK, complete list below. 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.


Kids rally for the Troy LibraryDaily Tribune (USA).  “Troy children expressed their views in a rally to help keep the library open Monday morning on the grounds of Troy’s Civic Campus. The rally brought together Troy children who want their beloved institution to remain open. Twelve-year-old Rafael Yashinsky, an avid reader, envisioned the movement to save the library for Troy children.”
Mobile libraries: past successes, future directions?Voices for the Library. There has always been a tendency, in Britain at least, to view mobile libraries as slightly eccentric, a bit of an anachronism, certainly expendable once the financial chips are down. But, give them the opportunity to show what they can do, how much they can achieve, and a very different picture emerges.”
Local News

“The most notable debate in the chamber has been on the library services. Petitions had been delivered by local mums who spoke passionately on the need to keep smaller branches going while Ealing’s consultation was under way, and named half a dozen that were threatened with closure. Houses in the streets near me started displaying ’Save Northfields Librar’y, A4 window posters referring to our local branch at risk. Through Facebook and my local (Tory) councillor’s blog I saw the campaign gather momentum with plans to chant from the public gallery and unfurl banners on the day. It was a tough one for the Labour administration facing taunts from the Tories of asset-stripping even though the only reason any such thing was floated was due to their party’s dogmatic decisions at the top.” Ealing – Meanwhile from the town hall – Progress Online.