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Library Petition Exceeds 25,000 Signatures After Rowling Support

By November 4, 2018 Libraries, News

J. K Rowling’s support for a petition fighting to protect libraries in the UK by assuring government funding has helped garner another 15,000 signatures in just over a week.

Many prominent authors such as Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman, Malorie Blackman and Joanne Harris have added their names to the petition, which aims to ringfence government funding to assure libraries stay open. Rowling retweeted the petition last weekend, but the petition needs more signatures if it’s to make a difference.



Libraries are the last refuge for many and a lifeline, not just for readers but for those looking for work, the homeless and many others. They offer vital services to the community and are one of the few places left where you are not expected to spend any money for your time there. Critics claim the current situation for libraries, where many are volunteer run is simply unsustainable and unless a solution is found and more funding is created, many libraries may be under threat.

Over the last couple of years many UK libraries have been threatened with closure and many cities in the UK are facing a situation where they may lose all but their main central library.

The petition is currently at 25,000 signatures and we hope you’ll also add your name on the petition page, which can be found here.

The Feminist Library to Open in Peckham After Crowdfunding Success

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The Feminist Library will celebrate its 44th birthday in March, and now that date will be the start of an exciting time for the library as the date also signifies the day that the library will move to Peckham after Crowdfunding success.

The library staff have spoken of their relief at raising £35,000 for its move to Peckham and the provisional opening date for the new library is 14th March. It was October when the Feminist Library launched a crowdfunding campaign for its relocation to a community centre in Peckham after being based in Westminster for the last thirty years.

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Finding Love in Literature in NYC

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The New York Public Library are one of the best literary resources around, even if you’re nowhere near NYC. The library’s online presence is huge, and magical and we’re always drawn to their book lists, recommendations and more!

The library has put together a collection of romantic scenes from literature that took place in New York City and they’ve created an interactive map so you can read your way around the city. It’s invaluable for those who want to indulge in a little literary tourism or those who just want to travel between the pages of a book, take a look below at all the books featured in the map and a link to the map itself!  Read More

15 Festive Library Displays

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Festive displays are everywhere this season but none make our hearts leap than those set up for us in libraries.

For those of us who spend much of our time in the library, a festive display is good fun and the ones we want to show you are just amazing! The staff at the libraries must have had a great time putting these together…

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Helsinki Opens the Doors to Its €98 Million Library

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When you think of Finland, your first thoughts probably go to cold weather, saunas, outdoor sports, and Northern Lights, but did you know that the Fins have a great love for books? Finnish people are top of the charts when it comes to worldwide literacy and are among the world’s most prolific library users. It should come as no surprise then, that Finland has finally officially opened it grand €98 million library.

It’s called the Helsinki Central Library Oodi, with Oodi meaning Ode’ in Finnish, and was originally given the green light back in 2015. The library was opened yesterday on December 5, which marks Finland’s 101st Independence Day.

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The 11 Most Impressive Historic Libraries

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If you are the kind of person who finds yourself shedding a tear for everything lost in the burning of the famed library of Alexandria or feeling melancholy over thousands of destroyed Mayan codices, you can take some heart. There are still a good number of historic public libraries watching over the collected printed history of humanity.

And though the digital age would have you believe that such collections are out of date, the majesty of these hallowed halls would beg to differ. Take the gorgeous Raza library in Rampur, India which is said to be the most important collection of knowledge in South Asia. Just in its largesse, this historical center tells a narrative of the history of the region that cannot otherwise be made palpable.

Spanning from the 6th century and situated around the world, Oldest has put together their top 11 choices for the most invaluable historic public libraries, which together house millions of books and historical materials.

Which one is on your bucket list?

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Montreal Libraries Introduce Bicycle Desks

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For some, the idea of sitting still for long periods of time with a good book is hard to beat, but for others, particularly children, it can be extremely difficult to remain still and concentrated on their book of choice. Fidget Spinners recently became popular with those who need some stimulation whilst focusing, and now libraries in Montreal, Canada are introducing bicycle desks. Read More



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