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Voices for the Library photo competition

Voices for the Library are redesigning our website and we want your help!

Get involved

We need a new image on our front to brighten things up a bit. What we are looking for is an interesting image related to libraries. If it’s something that shows the slightly non-traditional side of libraries, that would be great! But otherwise we are mainly interested in interesting, imaginative photos related to libraries, the people that work in them, and the people that use them.

How to submit an image

The winning entry will get pride of place on our front page (with a link back to the original of course!).

Please add photos with a Creative Commons license where possible.

The selected photo will be appropriately credited when used and will only be used for the purposes stated above.

Our evidence to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee

Following our submission of evidence earlier this month to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee’s inquiry into library closures, we have been given permission to publish it on our website.

In summary we felt that:

  • A comprehensive and efficient library service should be accessible, should be adequately resourced, should have a wide range of services and content, should have sufficiently skilled staff, and should be available to users at their point of need.
  • The English public widely value libraries as a force for social good which should be provided free.
  • Many planned library cuts and closures are incompatible with the requirements of the Public Libraries & Museums Act 1964: removing qualified and trained library staff will result in a failure to provide adequate services under the terms of the Act and in many cases, councils are making decisions to close libraries based on misleading statistics, an inadequate definition of ‘comprehensive and efficient’, and the outdated Act itself.
  • There is strong evidence that communities value local public libraries and that closures would therefore have a negative impact in several ways: on children; on the physical, mental, and emotional health of communities; on lifelong learning; on community cohesion and inclusivity; and on local economies.
  • The powers of intervention given to the Secretary of State are not deficient. The failure lies with the Secretary of State’s lack of willingness to exercise these powers, coupled with lack of guidance from senior ministers and appropriate Government departments.

Our full response to the Inquiry can be found here.

We have also been invited to give oral evidence to the Committee leading the Inquiry.

blog/RSS changes – advance notice

We’re going to be doing some work on the blog and website over the weekend.  Please consider this an advance apology for any duplicate posts/content!