Today the Culture, Media and Sport Committee published the written evidence it received for its Inquiry into Library closures.
There were 130 written responses in total from a wide range of individuals and organisations with an interest in libraries. These included:
- Library user and campaign groups
- Public library authorities, councils and councillors
- Library workers, librarians and representative organisations
- Publishers and booksellers
- National organisations such as Women’s Institute and UNISON who have been supportive of libraries
- Private companies
It is interesting to note the balance of responses from these different groups of respondents, especially from public library authorities. Only approximately 16 authorities or their representatives responded to the Inquiry. Considering that there are over 140 public library authorities in England this is a very low response rate. Compare this to 33 recognisable library user and campaign groups who responded, plus further individuals whose names we recognise as local campaigners.
We look forward to both reading these written responses to the Inquiry and following the oral evidence sessions which start tomorrow morning and can be viewed live here.