If you read the papers, listen to the radio or watch the news you have probably seen or heard people expressing their opinion of what Public Libraries should be, or even whether they should exist at all. Most of these people either don’t use libraries, have an agenda to follow or think the library should only provide what they personally want.
Our agenda is to give people the facts about Public Library Services in the UK, and about the work librarians do, and to save Public Libraries.
We aim to provide a balanced view of the service and the professionals who work there, and to discuss some ideas for the way forward. We don’t want to lose our libraries, and we aim to ensure future generations continue to enjoy access to free unbiased public libraries and librarians.
We are inviting everybody who uses, loves or needs the services UK public libraries and librarians provide to join us, share your stories of why you want to save the services, explain what they mean to you, your friends and your families.
We believe that working together is the best way to create the public libraries we all want to use, providing as wide a range of information, recreational reading and activities supporting learning and literacy as possible. Not just for now, but forever.
We have the following aims:
1. Share positive stories from public libraries and librarians across the country.
2. Provide factual information about library usage in the UK.
3. Provide spokespeople for the media from a variety of different public libraries
4. Be a voice for communities and individuals to speak out about why they value their public libraries.
5. Support local campaigns to save libraries where it is apparent that the local council has not properly considered the impact of cuts to library services.