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Go to the links to get a pushpin map of all the areas hit. It looks like a bombing run target map for the Luftwaffe ca. 1940.

369 libraries plus 29 mobiles currently under threat or recently closed (List below "News")

- plus two mobile libraries - Lancashire - which is also reducing staffing by 16%

- Poole has announced it will not close any libraries

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You will notice that the map has changed a bit. The comedian Mark Thomas tweeted about it, resulting in 30,000 people taking a look. One felt so enraged by what he saw (the closures that is, hopefully not the amateur nature of the map) that he offered to help. The aim is to put a blue pin on it for every threatened library closure. This has meant some changes because Google Maps can only cope with around 200 pins. My thanks to our new cartographer and the many thousands out there campaigning to save public libraries.

Buckinghamshire - Use it or lose it at Burnham Library - Maidenhead Advertiser

Buckinghamshire - Packed meeting on future of Stokenchurch Library - Bucks Free Press

Bury - Battle to save Unsworth Library - Manchester Evening News

Croydon - Resident's Association fights to save library - This is Croydon Today

Doncaster - library "hit list" named - The Star

East Sussex - Self-Service coming in Uckfield and Crowborough - BBC

Gloucestershire - 10000 petition - Gazette

Gloucestershire - Updates consultation dates - FoGL

Gloucestershire - Why the Bucks volunteer-run library model is not for all - FoGL

Gloucestershire - Volunteers for Prestbury Library? - This is Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire - "With libraries closing down, unemployed people could volunteer at them" - This is Glos.

Gloucestershire - "the library cuts ... go beyond necessity or common sense" Joanna Trollope in the Guardian

Gloucestershire - Your Library Needs You - Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!

Isle of Wight - 100s attend protest meeting - Isle of Wight County Press

Isle of Wight - MP heckled - Isle of Wight Radio

Lancashire - To cut 2 mobile libraries, 16% staffing cut - Champion

North Yorkshire - library sees 30% increase in usage to be closed - Malton and Pickering Mercury

Oxfordshire - Library closures could be illegal - Oxford Times

Oxfordshire - Time to sit up and take notice - Oxford Mail

Oxfordshire - Writer Peter Hitchens joins battle to save libraries - Oxford Mail

Oxfordshire - Berinsfield Library protest meeting - Oxford Mail

Oxfordshire - Marston Council fights to save closure - Oxford Mail

Poole - No library cuts - "In particular, we appreciate the vital community role performed by our libraries." - BBC

Somerset - Ilminster residents urged to act - This is the West Country

Somerset - "Give Some Respect To Our Bibliotheque!" poetical demonstration at Glastonbury Library - Youtube

Somerset - Protest as Somerset tries to close Glastonbury Library (lots of images) - InTouchRadio

Somerset - letter to send to schools - Save Somerset Libraries via Alan Gibbons

Somerset - Sarah McIntyre gives support - Jabberworks

Swindon - Here's one that was saved earlier - 24% increase in issues, 44% children's - Friends of Old Town Library

Warrington - close libraries, spend on ipads for councillors - Express (NB the ipads are explained as a money-saving measure. I include this article as evidence of the importance placed on libraries)

BookTrust - time to close it down - Liberal Democrat Voice

Defending libraries - Times (letters) via Alan Gibbons

Interesting legal point - what does "efficient" mean? - Good Library Blog

Libraries - so what are our priorities? - Alan Gibbons

Libraries seen as easy touch - Guardian (full page article)

Library closures are a tragedy for our children - Readyforten

Mapped - UK library closures - Liverpool Echo

Mapped - London's threatened libraries - Londonist

"Peter Barlow" against library closures - Mirror

Mapping library closures - Speak Before Thinking (from one of the collaborators on the map)

(USA) Libraries change lives for the better - Library Mix Archive

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. More info here

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") (£1.1m cut)

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 - 14, (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

Falkirk - (transferred to Trust)

Flintshire - 5 and at least one mobile

Gateshead - some (school library service, music library, AIRS talking newspaper under threat)

Gloucestershire - Up to 18 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 days a week (this is such 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)

Hull - some (to merge with "customer service centres")

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)- Isle of Thanet one of areas hardest hit

Kirklees - at least 1

Lancashire - 2 mobile libaries (plus 16% staffing cut)

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) , 1 library already closed.

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) (service may be privatised)

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.

Southampton - 2

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 have gone in Dec 2010 inc. 9 out of 13 community librarians)

Worcestershire - some (Pershore library to move out of town centre)

Is this because of the internet, or that we have completely lost the plot?

Sending your kids to bubble gum University may also have something to do with it.

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Mobile libraries, never seen a library on the move.

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What next, mobile Job centres for those who can't be bothered to turn up? (a joke)

Edited by Money Spinner

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Im up with this.

Some people just dont like change. Things get replaced with new technology. Yes it will upset luvvies, but thats a good thing.

If todays liebour party were in power in the 60s/70s/80s we'd still have (state subsidised) rag and bone men plodding up and the streets complete with their horse, and public executioners charged with getting rid of witches, not because theres any need for them, but because 'cuts are bad' (repeated several times in ed miliband zombie voice)

Well actually we wouldnt, everyone would have emigrated with labour in charge.

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Libraries will all become internet cafes with Costa Coffee attached to the side. This would be a sad thing.

Yes it is sad, but if spending has to be cut, then it's probably a good target.

The world has moved on.

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The generous pay increases and bonuses of the administrators has to be made up somewhere. And this time they can't raise the taxes, as the economy is already on the floor.

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Which one has more impact on the voters:

A/ Your chief executive has had his pay halved and 20 senior council managers have been made redundant thanks to the Conservatives

B/ Your local library has closed thanks to the Conservatives

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Which one has more impact on the voters:

A/ Your chief executive has had his pay halved and 20 senior council managers have been made redundant thanks to the Conservatives

B/ Your local library has closed thanks to the Conservatives

+1 They always lose services over jobs.

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They're spending money in Swansea doing up my local library - closed it till March in order to modernise it. I thought it was pretty good already so am expecting gold plated book-stands.

No library closures in my area either and house prices are going up.

Quick... someone do a graph of library closures in relation to house prices to confirm the correlation.

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Mobile libraries, never seen a library on the move.

One calls right by where I live, although with 30% cuts due for Sheffield, I wonder for how much longer.

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Everyone agrees that HMV is done for, and that physical media is dead.

Why doesn't this apply to libraries?

Because for many older and poorer people, libraries are where they access the non-Physical media!

Libraries aren't about books, they are repositories of knowledge. Until eBooks are standardised and lending rights are available, libraries are required if you want to allow near universal access to that knowledge.

There is also a distinct lack of free and reliable reference material in some areas available on the internet.

Libraries are also where many people looking for work go to check periodicals, use the computers for job hunting, etc.

Closing libraries is a worrying development for a "knowledge economy" IMO.

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'The future in 10-20 years, in a matrix, in a resource/energy scarce world:

Job application - internet only

Bill payment - internet only

Media shops - internet only

Libraries - internet only, via Costa coffee sponsored buildings

University Education for non core subjects - internet only

Banking - internet only

Grocery shopping / shops - internet or self service tills only

Travel agency - internet only, virtual holidays (See Total Recall),

Flight booking - internet only

Pubs - mostly internet cafes - first internet cafe that is licensed to sell alcohol opends!

Estate agency - internet only

etc....

Charity shops will be OK.

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'The future in 10-20 years, in a matrix, in a resource/energy scarce world:

Job application - internet only

Bill payment - internet only

Media shops - internet only

Libraries - internet only, via Costa coffee sponsored buildings

University Education for non core subjects - internet only

Banking - internet only

Grocery shopping / shops - internet or self service tills only

Travel agency - internet only, virtual holidays (See Total Recall),

Flight booking - internet only

Pubs - mostly internet cafes - first internet cafe that is licensed to sell alcohol opends!

Estate agency - internet only

etc....

Charity shops will be OK.

The energy efficiency aspect of the internet is definatley non-trivial. Driving 20 miles 'comparison shopping', probably costs £5 in petrol.

Its also an advantage of the big boxes, if you have to drive all over town to get all your items, the energy costs of moving your vehicle around are non-trivial.

For corporations the costs of dealing with manual payments are insane. That is why so many are moving to mandatory automatic billing, like online. They can't make a profit on the customer if they have to serve them in person or deal with physical mail. So its better to just drop the client.

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They just spent a fortune refitting our local library. Seems to have about half the bookshelves it had previously...

That aside, I don't have a problem with reducing the number of libraries if you can show that they really are becoming irrelevant, but I don't think we've quite arrived there yet...

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They're spending money in Swansea doing up my local library - closed it till March in order to modernise it. I thought it was pretty good already so am expecting gold plated book-stands.

Manchester central is also being done up. They're apparently putting some connecting bit between it and the town hall extension...

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This will be sad if true. My family uses our local library a lot but not many other people seem to and it's a shame because it is actually very good - loads of kids books, cheaper than Blockbuster for DVDs, classes and workshops, high quality printers etc.... Never anybody in there when I bring the kids round though. "Use it or lose it" is right.

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Yes it is sad, but if spending has to be cut, then it's probably a good target.

The world has moved on.

so they are closing and SELLING the buildings are they?

or will they remain and the managers all employed elsewhere, and maintenance teams watch over the husks reminding us all what Austerity really means..jobs for the boys and a black and white life for the rest of us.

they should START by cutting 50% off ALL public sector remuneration above 25K.

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I feel very torn here, and first must declare my VI, my little brother works in the council library service (as a librarian).

OTOH, yes, libraries have become little more than a free creche and drop in center for the elderly and unemployed these days, rather than a repository of knowledge. But, OTOH, it cannot be denied that they do provide a unique and valuable service as a free-to-access public repository of knowledge to any that have the need for it.

Cuts have to be made. Libraries are soft options, it would seem.

Pay and conditions for actual library staff (rather than town/city/county hall jobsworths) suck like you wouldnt believe, or at least they do in Essex, so little or no money being saved on the pay bill. Plus, I would like to see every diversity, outreach, equality etc officer go before a single agency librarian was sacked.

Sorry for the unstructured rant.

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They are cutting the wrong things , they should be cutting non jobs like tobacco enforcement officer (google it) , equality officers , NHS middle managers , council managers (Along with halving salaries of remaining council managers)

Cutting stuff like libraries should not be first cab off the rank.

Edited by Ruffneck

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Everyone agrees that HMV is done for, and that physical media is dead.

Why doesn't this apply to libraries?

Um, what about the elderly... will they be given a free kindle? Will someone train them, persuade them to use them, and be on call to help them when they get stuck?

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