As you may or may not know, Friday 5th February was “Save Our Libraries Day” – around 400 public libraries are currently facing an uncertain future or potential closure owning to spending cuts.  Does this matter?  Yes, I think so. 

Libraries are a valuable resource for everyone.  Whether you’re a student researching something for your course, a child exploring the world of books for the first time, a passionate reader, or simply someone embarking on a new project and in need of advice, your local library is there to support you.  While it may not have all the books you’ll ever need, you can check their on-line catalogue and, if the book you want is at another library nearby, order it for delivery at your local library within a few days.  And this resource is free to use.  You simply join, and you’re part of a whole reading community. 

The whole idea of a library seems to me to reflect the current government’s ideals of localism, of the community society.  Everyone has access to the library – it is a resource for all.  Everyone has to obey the rules to make it work (i.e. bring the books back by the right date, bring them back in a decent condition).  And it’s not just about borrowing a few books – libraries also offer computer facilities and internet access, not to mention the wealth of knowledge and information provided by the librarians themselves.  Libraries help to provide one of the most important things for our society – education. 

If you’d like to find out more about the work of libraries, or the “save our libraries “campaign, why not visit the following sites for more info:  www.librarycampaign.com/Home   and www.voicesforthelibrary.org.uk/wordpress/

“Save Our Libraries Day” may be over, but the work of the libraries themselves certainly is not.

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