Public Libraries News blog: A survery of UK Public under threat

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The need to campaign

373 libraries plus 27 mobiles currently under threat or recently closed (List below "News")
- plus one - Northern Ireland figure previously reported as 9, actual number is 10 - details here
It is interesting to see which are the most active areas in terms of campaigning.  They are not necessarily the ones with the most serious cuts.  Somerset and Gloucestershire both have very active campaigning groups and serious cuts envisaged ... but I am not seeing so much for, say, Dorset or for Cornwall, both with major cuts coming.  Hopefully this is just due to lack of information on my part but, if not, Somerset and Gloucestershire stand more chance of saving their libraries.  But for want of a campaigner...

Bury - Save Unsworth Library - Facebook
Devon - new expanded mobile library services - This is the West Country
Doncaster - Read-In on 29th January - Facebook
Dorset - the "con" in "consultation" - Shirley Burnham's Blog
Gloucestershire - More than 10,000 have signed petition - FoGL
Isle of Wight - Closure consultation begins today - Ventnor Blog and Isle of Wight Radio
Isle of Wight - "A fresh direction for the island's libraries" consultation document (9 out of 11 to close) - Isle of Wight Council
Moray - no library closures but will turn to a Trust - Banffshire Journal
Northern Ireland - details of closures - Time Travel NI
North Yorkshire - Save North Yorkshire libraries - Undaimonia
Oxfordshire - public meeting held to discuss closure of Woodcote library, new group formed to help save it - Henley Standard
Oxfordshire - meeting to save Botley library - Oxford Times
Oxfordshire - closing facilities is "very tough" says council chief - Henley Standard
Salford - "There are some buildings we need to get rid of anyway" - Manchester Evening News
Somerset - Library closure roadshow begins - BBC
Somerset - Consultation over closure of Highbridge - Burnham On
Somerset - Consultation over closure of Ilminster and South Petherton - Yeovil Express
Warrington - More details on cuts, including ending of temporary contracts - Warrington Worldwide

BookTrust - How to put a value on its cost - Channel Four
Jedi Librarian - Why Star Wars library services are way behind the times - Libreaction
Public Library Closures Map gets 14 000 hits today, 14 000 yesterday - see link on right.
Training budgets are so 2010, darling! - SintoBlog
(USA) Can a book save your life? From a bullet? - Youtube

List of cuts by authority (click on name of authority for link to relevant report)
Aberdeenshire - some
Angus - 4 libraries closed this year (April) to be possibly replaced by a mobile
Argyll and Bute - 3 libraries and mobile library.
Barking and Dagenham - 5
Barnet - some - public consultation here
Barnsley - up to 8
Bedfordshire - 1 mobile to go
Bexley - 3
Birmingham - 39 (three libraries lose hours so Tower Hill can remain open)
Blackburn with Darwen - (reduced opening hours)
Bolton - Up to 8
Brent - 6 (out of 12)
Buckinghamshire - up to 14 to close or be staffed by volunteers (this article says 11)
Bury - 1 (1 other reduced hours) - Manchester Evening News
Cambridgeshire - some (mobile services already "slashed")
Camden - several plus one mobile library (£2 million cut)
Central Bedfordshire - one mobile library to go
Conwy - 7 (out of 12)
Cornwall - up to 23
Croydon - 6 plus 1 local studies
Doncaster - 13, (may also be taken out of council control)
Dorset - up to 20 (out of 34) to close or be given to community groups  (£143k off bookfund).  Dorset is the sole council to receive an actual increase in funding for 2010/11.
Dumfries - 7
Durham - some
Flintshire - 5 and at least one mobile
Gateshead - some (school library service, music library, AIRS talking newspaper under threat)
Gloucestershire - Up to 25 and 6 mobiles  - 11 to close or go to volunteers. 7 to close if they don't find a partner.  A further 11 reduced to 3.5 hours a week (this is just a small figure I include them under "closed"), 6 mobile libraries to go.
Greenwich - (could be turned into a Trust)
Hammersmith and Fulham - 2 and 1 mobile
Hampshire - (58 FTE jobs to go) (and mobile library review)(libraries merged with IT/property etc)
Haringey - (staff cuts)
Harrow - (34 FTE to go)
Hartlepool - 1 confirmed to close (another to merge with community centre, all library's hours cut)
Hertfordshire - (opening hours to be cut by one third - from 2236 hours down to 1575) - At least one library (Borehamwood)  faces a 40% cut
Highland - (Wick Library to close and merge with school library)
Hounslow - some (£869k p.a cut - reduction in hours,12 FTE to go, 1 IT skills suite closed)
Isle of Wight - 9 (out of 11)
Kent - some (83 FTE to go as self-service comes in)
Kirklees - at least 1
Leeds - Up to 20 (out of 52)
Leicestershire - all libraries could be privatised, put to trust or shared (merge of lending/reference- 14 FTE jobs lost)
Lewisham - 5
Liverpool - some
Merton - (2 libraries will have reduced hours)
Milton Keynes - 2
Newport - 7
Northern Ireland - 10
Northamptonshire - 8 out of 38 may close, 2 mobile libraries to end. Cuts to management and support also.
Northumberland - some
North Ayrshire - some 
North Lanarkshire - 1 (closed March 2010)
North Norfolk - some (c. £1m reduction)
North Somerset - 1 closed, 2 proposed, volunteers may run libraries. Weston Mercury update
North Yorkshire - 24 (out of 53) to close or be staffed by volunteers, 9 mobiles to go off road.
Nottingham - (80 FTE jobs to go, 75% off bookfund, 30 libraries have less opening hours - down to less than 10 hours per week)
Oldham - (increase in volunteers, merging, cuts)
Oxfordshire - 20 - list of those under threat here, Oxford Central hours extended to 7 days per week
Redbridge - 5 out of 12 may close, another may relocate.
Renfrewshire - 1 (1 library to move into smaller sites in community centres)
Richmond - 1 (£351k cut)
Rochdale - (some library managers to to go in first phase of cuts)
Salford - some
Sandwell - some
Sefton - 3
Sheffield - (30% cut expected)
Shropshire - 1 (reference library to merge with central library)
Somerset -  20 (out of 34) will be offered to community groups. 4 (out of 6) mobile libraries will also go.  Ten other libraries will have a 10% reduction in hours. List of closures here .Consultation period ends on 14th Jan.
Stoke - 2 and 1 mobile library, (ends RNIB service)
Suffolk - up to 2
Swansea - some
Thanet - some
Thurrock - (RNIB subscription ends)
Tower Hamlets - (staff made to reapply for their own jobs -23 library staff replaced)
Wakefield - at least 2
Walsall - at least 8 (30 FTE). More details here 
Walthamstow - some
Wandsworth - 1 (mention in Guardian here) plus reduction in hours in others.
Warrington - 2 and 1 mobile library.  More info here.
West Dunbartonshire - 3 (some staff losses too)
West Sussex - Some (5 FTE lost, some librarians pay reduced to library assistant)
Wigan - Up to 15 out of 17  (£1.1m cut off £4m budget)
Wiltshire - (26 FTE posts to go inc. 9 out of 13 community librarians)
Worcestershire - some

Authorities which have announced no library closures
Devon (may have reduced opening hours, less mobile stops, no new Exeter Library - although this article suggests mobile library service has improved)
Moray - (may move to being in a Trust, another article here) 

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