Welcome to The Library Campaign

 We are an independent national organisation set up in 1984 to support Friends of Library groups and to campaign for improved services in publicly funded libraries. In March 2004 we became a registered charity (no. 1102634)

Keep up to date and join the conversation on social media:

on Twitter @LibraryCampaign.  There’s a link to our most recent tweets here. on Facebook   The Library Campaign For the latest daily digest of news relating to libraries click here.     


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Everyone is welcome to the AGM and meeting on 14 January 2017.

Please help us to cater for numbers by letting the Chair, Laura Swaffield, know that you plan to attend.

The Library Campaign welcomes new members and is keen to enlist new blood to the committee.

Why not join us for the AGM and meeting to find out more about the activities of the charity, offer your views and consider what contribution you might like to make?

Full details, here.


The National Pensioners Convention is holding their annual Pensioners’ Parliament in Blackpool on 14-16 June. 

They would welcome any library campaign groups having a stall at this event. You might just like to attend to engage in the different sessions, including the effect of cuts, digital exclusion, loneliness and what the future holds for campaigning.

More details and the programme can be found here.

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IMG_4754Library images sought

Do you have images that we could use and potentially share with others? 


Now – Fund your library
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CILIP launch a crowdfunding exercise for a library fund… Find the details here.  

What are your thoughts?


A plea to the SCL, ACE and the DCMS….

Time is running out for so many public libraries….

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Are there alternatives to closure of libraries in Lancashire?

Lancashire Libraries propose drastic cuts to libraries. Frances Hendrix suggests alternative models to prevent closure. Read more, here


Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 21.20.12Our junior reporter, 11-year-old George Hamerton, speaks up for libraries at the rally and lobby of parliament on 9 February 2016.

Read his speech and report on the day, here.



Join Speak Up For Libraries on 9 February for a rally at Central Hall Westminster prior to a lobby of MPs.


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It’s free.

It’s for everyone who cares about libraries.

The Library Campaign will even try to cover the cost of travel for anyone for who finds the cost of travel a barrier to attending.

For details and to book, click here.


Tim Coates calls for accurate and timely CIFPA data…

Tim Coates has analysed the latest CIPFA data, highlighting some extremely concerning trends…Screen Shot 2016-01-01 at 18.14.44

Read more here





My Library By Right

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CILIP’s new campaign…

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Read more, here.



Libraries Taskforce delivers…..

Have you seen the report and toolkit?

Read more here.



AGM and Mini-Conference – 24 October 2015

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Speak Up for Libraries Conference - Saturday, 14 November 2015

SUFL colour banner PNGThe ticket sales have launched, with an early bird booking rate of just £20, applicable to all bookings made by 20 October. There will be a session discussing the pros and cons of volunteers in libraries and another preparing for the Q and A with the Paul Blantern and Kathy Settle from the Leadership for Libraries Taskforce. And to round off the day, you’ll get to hear from John Dougherty, who has promised to bring along his guitar. What’s not to like? Grab your place now.

Phone lines – How to contact The Library Campaign

cropped-logoIf you want to contact us, please use 0845 450 5946. The 020 8651 9552 number is now back in service, but this is a general number, mainly used for membership enquiries. Alternatively, you can email thelibrarycampaign@gmail.com Ed Vaizey

Tell Ed!

Ed Vaizey MP wants to know what we think about culture, and how the government could… er… support it!

CILIP’s 2015 Libraries Change Lives awards finalists announced.

Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 05.12.05North Ayrshire Libraries, Portsmouth City Library Services and St. Helen’s Library Services have been shortlisted for this year’s awards. Read more here.

Fed up with the ‘libraries are irrelevant’ brigade?

Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 21.49.25 Super-librarian Ned Potter has come up with some great statistics, and
some great ways to present them.

Post grad student seeks experiences of those defending public libraries

Photo by Mike Coles

Photo by Mike Coles

If you are defending your library service, postgraduate student, David Taylor, would love to speak with you. For full details, see http://www.librarycampaign.com/post-grad-student-seeks-experiences-of-those-defending-public-libraries/

What is going on with Lincolnshire Libraries, back in the High Court?

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What appeared to be a simple case is now rolling into day three. It’s a nail-biter, says the Chair of The Library Campaign, with a decision expected early next week. Read her account to date, here.

The role of FOI requests in campaigns

Have you used Freedom of information (FOI) requests in your campaigning work on libraries? A student, undertaking postgraduate research at University College, London, is keen to gain your views. Click here, for more info.

Judicial Review challenge of DCMS’s failure to investigate Sheffield library closures

IMG_0004Public Interest Lawyers would like to hear from individuals or campaign groups who have contacted the DCMS, asking for them to consider an inquiry into local library services. Read more here.     Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 17.45.19

Help Save Walkley Library in Sheffield.

Sign the petition.

Postgrad research into the use of FOI by campaign groups.

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Click here, for more information.

If you care about Shropshire libraries, get in touch!

A new campaiglibrary photon group seeks members and supporters. Find out more here.


Welsh libraries update

Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 18.41.24Wales have released guidance on volunteer managed libraries and where they sit within statutory library provision. Read more and download the report here.


Campaign Workshop in Birmingham – 26 June 2015 Campaign Workshop

There are still places available for a Campaign Workshop being run in Birmingham on 26 June 2015. Full details here.

The Library Campaign AGM is fast approaching…

We are currently looking for a suitable venue in London for a date in July.  Details shortly. tlcadvert03Could you offer help or are you considering standing as a Trustee? Please get in touch.  We  would welcome any offers of help and are particularly keen to encourage new Trustees to join us to strengthen and develop what we can achieve as a charity. 

Ed Vaizey MP accepts challenge from Alan Gibbons to debate on the subject of Public Libraries

The Library Campaign have offered to facilitate the debate.  Watch this space for details.

Ian AnsIMG_1701tice meets with Private Eye

…and the discussion naturally turns to the plight on public libraries and their value.  Read Ian’s account here.

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A page from our latest member magazine, reproduced here, along with links to other useful resources from Speak Up for Libraries, Voices for the Library and CILIP – the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, in the run up to the general election.

#NLD15 and Johnny Rotten means business!

Be there for libraries. The Library Campaign believes that National Libraries Day 2015 delivers an important message.  Let’s make 2015 the year we make a difference for libraries. john-lydon-quote-nld15-blue

Lincs Libraries – Madness!

Laura Screen Shot 2015-02-03 at 20.52.40Swaffield, Chair of The Library Campaign, speaks out on the decision taken on libraries in Lincolnshire.

Sieghart – The latest

About 100 people packed the room for the first-ever public discussion of the Sieghart report (in the House of Commons, hosted by the All-Party parliamentary group for libraries, on 14 January). Laura Swaffield, Chair of the Library campaign, reports

Sieghart – Action needed now!William Sieghart

The long-awaited independent report on England’s public libraries is out, after sitting on ministers’ desks for over two months… 

Take two minutes to make the minister mind

Sheffield’s libraries need your help. All they ask is a minute or two to send a letter to libraries minister Ed Vaizey in a last-ditch plea
to make him intervene.  They’ve even provided a template letter (though many will want to add
a few words of their own…) You don’t have to live in Sheffield to care about this. It concerns us all.

Over to you, Ed!WMFEvents snip

The Sieghart report on public libraries has sat on the minister’s desk for over a month. No sign of publication.

Maybe it’s because the minister (Ed Vaizey) is waiting until he can publish it alongside news of what he’s going to do about it. Maybe.

For action is urgently needed – and it’s perfectly possible, William Sieghart stressed ….


Save deepings libraryA small but telling victory…

Congratulations to Friends of Deeping Library in Lincolnshire, who have at last got their Executive Member for Libraries, Nick Worth, to admit that local people are not ‘willing’ volunteers. Read more…

ROGO logo.135xautoRead On. Get On.ROGO logo.135xauto Campaign launched

Save the Children, working with a coalition of charities and organisations has released a new report on literacy. The Read On. Get On. campaign has been launched, tackling childhood poverty through improved literacy, with the aim that every child will ‘read well’ at age 11 by 2015. The Library Campaign believes libraries have a vital role to play to achieve this target. ROGO logo.135xauto

Lincolnshire Council digs in its heels

Newsflash from Lincolnshire, where brilliant campaigners had to mount a judicial review as the only way to make the county reconsider its drastic pan to close most of its libraries – and offer them to volunteers to run. This despite overwhelming opposition to the plan when they consulted on it. If you can call it consulting… Read more

Unhappy birthday, 1964 Act!FoCL from Flickr

50 years ago, public libraries got solid support – official, by law. Or so we thought…


Lincolnshire libraries rescue could save libraries nationwide!

Campaigners leaving the High Court, London, at the end of the second day.

Campaigners leaving the High Court, London, at the end of the second day.


Helen Goodman MP is consulting – but with whom?

The consultation closes of 30th June and The Library Campaign are digging deeper. Find details here of the consultation. We’ll add details of how we get on when we get a response but The Library Campaign are committed to holding Helen Goodman to account for her claims of consultation.  Watch this space.

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This event was open to all. Read the report of the AGM. And read the details of the open meeting, including a list of priorities. We’d love to hear what you think so please leave your comments. Click here to view and comment.   Save Lincs libs

Click here to donate: http://savelincslibraries.org.uk/donate/


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Have candidates in your area signed up?

Has your local councillor, standing for election, signed up to the Speak Up for Libraries manifesto? Read more here.

Sieghart Inquiry – our submission

The Library Campaign submitted evidence to the DCMS/DCLG commissioned Sieghart inquiry. To see a summary of the points we made, and to see the full submission, click here library photo

Submission to Commons Select Committee on ACEACE logo

The Library Campaign’s evidence to the Commons select committee on the work of ACE (now supposed to be looking after libraries). In brief, we said that: (1) libraries aren’t a good fit with ACE’s overall work & thinking and (2) even allowing for that, its initial performance has been a disaster for libraries. Click here for the evidence submitted.

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Download the report for your library authority here.

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A public meeting on Saturday, 26 April 2014 in London.

CIPFA data released and The Library Campaign speak out!

SCL logo The Library Campaign responds to the statement made by the Society of Chief Librarians on CIPFA data.  Read it and add a commenhere.  

SUFL colour banner PNGNational Conference aims for action on libraries

First thoughts from our Chair, Laura Swaffield, post conference. What do you think? What do YOU see as the next steps for the fight for libraries?  Please add your comments to this post. Photos and videos Tweets of the event #SUFLConf13 Reports by Ian Anstice on Public Libraries News Original Press Release   cropped-logo.png 

Do it yourself libraries here


neil gaiman Neil Gaiman speaks the importance of public libraries here.


Read The Library Campaign’s briefing paper for the Libraries All Party Parliamentary Group here.


logo libraries lobbySpeak up for Libraries Conference is back and bookings are now open! #SUFLConf13

The Conference will take place in London on Saturday, 23rd November – 10am to 4.30pm and is open to all.

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Read Alan Wylie’s post on the Conference here.


National Libraries Day 2014 announced! #NLD14

National Libraries Day on Saturday, 8th February, 2014 at the end of a week long celebration of libraries across the country.  Read more here.  

DCMS will not intervene over library closures in Bolton and Isle of Wight.

Read the IoW decision letter here and the Bolton decision letter here.


logo.pngThe Library Campaign and national library campaigners highlight the decimation of library services as the DCMS watches on, failing to act.

Read more here.


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CILIP rebranding

A necessary step or not the time for such an exercise?

This has received a lot of attention on social media and in the press. Find the tweets from the meeting called here.      

ACE Libraries report launched -

ACE logoMissing in Action?

Read the report and our comment. We’d love to hear what others think.


Dan Jarvis MP calls for action NOW on libraries

 In reply, Justin Tomlinson MP says act NOW on libraries


Are we fussed who calls for action, or more concerned that action IS taken?

Let’s Get Real! Libraries are in Crisis. Now!

Laura Swaffield, chair of The Library Campaign, says it’s time to stop arguing and call for ACTION. She has presented this list to the Society of Chief Librarians. Comments – and additions – please!

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Petition launched to save Herefordshire libraries from savage cuts proposed. Find out more here.

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Controversy surrounds the negative statistics used to launch of Bookmark Your Library website which aims to promote libraries in the UK. Read more here.

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Laura Swaffield, Chair of The Library Campaign, and children’s  author Alan Gibbons debated libraries on Radio Utopia.  Listen again here.



SCL announces ‘Universal Offers’ for libraries

Read the details here and give us your thoughts.  

Find out press release here.

Hear Debbie Hicks from The Reading Agency, Biddy Fisher, past President of CILIP and Ed Vaizey MP on Radio 4 at 23.42 minutes here.


ACE Community Libraries Report

The Arts Council has published a report looking at how communities are getting involved in the running and management of local libraries. Read it HERE along with our press release.

 Read our press release here.

 And comment from the Nicky Morgan, Director, Libraries at Arts Council England here.

For the latest news click HERE

You can also use the News tab above to access this and all previous news items.logo.png

For the latest Library News Round-up click HERE

This is a digest of all news items in the press each day, compiled by national library campaigner, Shirley Burnham.  This and all previous daily news digests can be accessed by clicking the Libraries in the News tab above.

Find CIPFA data for your authority here

A resounding success with actions planned for the future. Read all about it

Speak Up for Libraries Conference 2012

Lobby of Parliament 13 March 2012

The Library Campaign is supporting this lobby and encourages all supporters of libraries to take part. You can sign up at the Speak Up for Libraries page. If your local group wants space to explain your situation email by Friday 9 March.

Campaign Conference 22 October 2011 - reports and documents

Campaign User Handbook - published January 2007

1 comment for “Welcome to The Library Campaign

  1. Giancarlo Gemin
    January 28, 2015 at 9:26 am

    You might like to see the blog I did on libraries on the Writers & Artists website called “Visiting Libraries” (I won’t put a link just in case your firewall blocks it).

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