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)

Monday 1st November

Hampshire – 58 FTE to go but hours will increase, no libraries to close.– BookSeller
160 march in protest at Lewisham closures –

GUAM – money found to keep all libraries open. – Kuam
USA – “More libraries, more brains!” chant zombies marching for libraries –
USA – list of haunted libraries –

Sunday 31st October

INDIA – Communist supporter of libraries die – Express Buzz
USA – Las Vegas Libraries open less hours but “packed” – Las Vegas Review Journal

Saturday 30th October

CIPFA figures show library visiting and borrowing down, staff down, volunteers up – – CIPFA figures showvisits 2009 to 2010 down 1.6%, borrowers down 2.4%, .1% increase in expenditure. Northern Ireland shows big increase in usage and expenditure.
10 points for public libraries from the Reading Agency roundtable –
Lewisham – Protest march as 12 libraries about to close – South London Today, via  Tim Coates analyses the figures and suggests no Lewisham libraries need to close at all.
Devon – 1 hour Wii per day – BBC
Devon – New Ecotown of Cranbrook to include library – BBC
Dorset – £22.5m cuts probably to include libraries – BBC
FirstClick online introduction courses in libraires – BBC
Harrow – 34 jobs lost due to self-service – Harrow Observer, via

In praise of physical libraries – Times Online“God put the rainbow in the clouds … so the viewer can see the possibility of hope. That’s what a library is” says Maya Angelou – NECN.Com
GUAM – 4 out of 6 libraries to close due to cuts –
USA – library lends out Nook ebooks – Columbia Patch
USA Keith Richards plays NYPL “I love libraries”  – New York Post

20th October 2010

28th October 2010

Leicester – merged library will cost £500k but save £228k p.a. – BBC News.  Full info on Leicester council site.
Ebooks – BookSeller blogger attacks publishers “confrontational and regressive” – BookSeller
Oldham – one quarter off library budget – comments below article of equal interest – Oldham News
Hertfordshire / Cornwall / West Sussex cuts summary – BookSeller
Aberdeen’s £127m cuts plan includes libraries – BBC
Staffordshire meeting the future – self-service, wifi –  Staffordshire Newsletter

USA Hartford Libraries set up, winning Top Innovations Award – Huffington Post

27th October 2010

UK Libraries need a hero – The Bookseller
USA – senior citizen discussion group barred from library as it turns nasty – Broward Palm Beach New Times
USA library policy in favour of filtering internet searches – Library Journal
Ebooks in libraries – your chance to vote – Publishing Perspectives

26th October 2010

Libraries may be frozen out of ebooks from publishers – Guardian. Radio 4 PM programme discusses the matter (at 47 to 53 minutes).
Leicestershire – look at new library, staff losses, public fear less books –  This Is Leicestershire
Hertfordshire looks to cut library opening by one third as an alternative to closing them – BBC, with more information here showing mobile library routes in town will be cut.
New mobile libraries may come to Angus after libraries closed down – Press and Journal

HOLLAND – a “post-print” library – fastcodesign.
USA Chicago looking at vending-machine books – Chicago Sun Times
NZ Human chain moves books to new library in Hawaii – Hawaii News Now and a video of it is here.
USA Retaining the institutional knowledge of retiring staff – American Libraries Magazine
AUSTRALIA cuts in Liverpool libraries –  Liverpool Leader
USA Seattle gets collection agency to call those with fines –