ThinkTank wants libraries sold off in the same way as council housing was, report to be launched by minister tomorrow – UKPA
Buckinghamshire – 14 libraries may be volunteer run or closed – Bucks Free Press
Brent – protest at cuts, 75 responses so far – Park Life
Gloucestershire – campaign starts to fight cuts – Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries
Swindon – volunteer-run library has been tried – ““A library without staff is just a room full of second hand books.” – Swindon Advertiser
What should I read next? AskChris – Essex Libraries
Comprehensive list of libraries under threat in UK – uklibrarywatch
Campaign for the Book newsletter –
Are library campaigners doing it right? – Voices for the Library

US – public libraries a vital resource –
Library cat retires – party planned – NECN

Gloucestershire – 11 libraries reduced in size, another 11 “offered to community groups” – BBC News. More details here and here
Leeds – Lib Dem leader argues for community groups to run at-risk libraries – Guardian.
Hertfordshire – protest at 30% cut in opening hours – Borehamwood News.  A schoolgirl protests at another library in Hertfordshire – Hertfordshire Mercury
Buckingshamshire – Great Missenden (inspiration for “Matilda”) may close – Bucks Free Press
Norfolk – Tuckswood Library celebrates 50 years open – Evening News 24
Lewisham – decision to close libraries deferred by mayor “I did not seek election as your mayor in order to close down libraries” –

Using mobile phones instead of library cards – American Libraries magazine
Santa Clarita withdraws from LA libraries system to protect its $400k, gets sued – The Signal.  More here.
Libraries reinvent themselved – shhh is a four-letter word – LA Times
A “Green Library” opensLAist.  Another one even has rattlesnakes –
Useful (largely US) librarian websites – ALA
Libraries are a great investment – undergroundnewsroom. com

Thursday 11th November

Wakefield – several libraries may close, or go private, or … -Yorkshire Post
Dumfries and Galloway – 7 libraries may close – BBC
London – authors campaign against closures – London Evening Standard
2 libraries go self-service, allowing extra open days – Yellow Advertiser

USA – National Gaming Day – American Libraries
Voters vote for library funding, elected officials say no – Library Journal
What happens when libraries die? – ZDNet

Wednesday 10th November

London 130 public libraries (one-third) face closure –
Brent – 6 libraries (half of total) may close – Harrow Times
Sutton Coldfield – move cancelled due to cuts –
Sefton – Churchtown, Ainsdale and Birkdale libraries may go – Formby Times

75 years of talking books – Guardian
On why cuts to arts funding will have an impact – Guardian

USA – Christians for Libraries – CBN News
USA – “It takes a village to build a library” – community helps open library –
USA – Library discards Dewey –

Wednesday 10th November

Tuesday 9th November

Hounslow 12 staff lost, skills suite lost– Hounslow Advertiser
Buckinghamshire proposals – 14 out of 26 libraries to become volunteer-run – Mix 96
Surrey – Dorking to have larger new library – BBC
Librarian attacks judge with meat cleaver in work tribunal – Mirror
USA – Survey about privatisation of libraries – Library Research Service
USA – library display ideas – Library Journal

Monday 8th November

Warwick – Library closes two weeks for refurb and self-service introduction
Surrey – “Library is my exciting castle” says girl fighting library move – Surrey Today
Cornwall – Truro Library hosts acoustic gigs – BBC
Leicestershire – CV writing/job hunting at all libraries –
Ebooks – trying to limit access is a “category mistake – Guardian

USA “The resources in your local library have the power to change the world; but the doors must be kept open” – Washington Post
Bangladesh – Dude, Where’s My Library? –

Friday 5th November

Central Bedfordshire – all mobile libraries to go, other cuts imminent – BBC News
Richmond – Heathfield library to close despite promises to the contrary – Richmond and Twickenham Times
Warrington – Great Sankey, Grappenhall and all mobile libraries to close – Warrington Guardian
Worcester – New library under construction changes skyline – Worcester News
Wales – Usage up, investment up – News Wales
First PLR cut in 20 years – BookSeller
ITALY – libraries to strike to protest at cuts – Easy Voyage
Redefining the Library – International Business Times

Wednesday 3rd November

Leeds – plans to close 20 libraries delayed as city watchdog object – Guardian
Stoke – 2 libraries (and mobile library service) cut and £175k off books/events – BBC
Harrogate – Duchess of Cornwall opens new Library / Education Centre – BBC
Corby – £30m multi-use council building including library opens – BBC

USA – Survey of results of votes on library funding – American Libraries Magazine

Tuesday 2nd November

MLA chief Roy Clare questions the supremacy of the physical library over virtual resources, much to anger of Tim Coates – The Good Library Guide / LIS-PUB-LIBS
Somerset – Highbridge Library closure attacked by Town Council –
Shropshire – new Oswestry library sees 30% increase in issues – Border Counties Advertiser
Dorset library cuts planned of £300k. Bournemouth £160k – Bournemouth Echo
Brighton & Hove use Foursquare – PR Week
Defence of public libraries in new blog – cost is c.£20 p.a. per person (inc.children)