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Here you can find citations for many of our most tweeted quotes and facts.

Public libraries are for everyone, regardless of age, ethnicity or gender – show your support this #GE2019 by pledging to #VoteLibraries. https://votelibraries.uk

CILIP, (2019), Public Libraries: the case for support P 3

15-24 year olds use the library more than anyone else. Libraries and librarians provide vital support for education and skills development – make sure they’re on the agenda this election #VoteLibraries https://votelibraries.uk

Carnegie UK Trust, (2017), Shining a Light

A YouGov poll ranked librarians amongst the top 5 trusted professionals, helping people find trusted information and combating fake news. Show your candidates think #FactsMatter and #VoteLibraries this election. https://votelibraries.uk

CILIP (2018) We are trusted professionals

Public Libraries support local economic growth and ensure it benefits everyone. Find out how you can support your library and your community this election at  https://votelibraries.uk #VoteLibraries #GE2019 

Arts Council England, (2017), Re-writing the story: The contribution of public libraries to place-shaping

Libraries offer safe, trusted access to a wide range of Local Authority services, enhancing and extending the Council’s support for all local people. Support your library this December at https://votelibraries.uk #VoteLibraries #GE2019

CILIP, (2019), Public Libraries: the case for support P 3

A vote for libraries is a vote for education - 76% of learners say using the library helps them improve their qualifications. Show your support this #GE2019 by pledging to #VoteLibraries. https://votelibraries.uk

Robinson, L., Calvert, A., Bawden, D., Urquart, C., Bray, C. and Amosford, J. (2010). Understanding our value: assessing the nature of the impact of library services. Library and Information Research, 33(105), pp. 62-89

A vote for libraries is a vote for education  - 88% of learners say using the library makes them  more confident. Show your candidates think #FactsMatter and #VoteLibraries this election. https://votelibraries.uk

Robinson, L., Calvert, A., Bawden, D., Urquart, C., Bray, C. and Amosford, J. (2010). Understanding our value: assessing the nature of the impact of library services. Library and Information Research, 33(105), pp. 62-89

Public library use has a proven positive impact on health and wellbeing. Regular library users report higher life satisfaction, happiness and sense of purpose in life. Find out how you can help put libraries on the agenda this election  https://votelibraries.uk #VoteLibraries #GE2019

Fujiwara, D., Lawton, R., Mourato, S., (2015) The health and wellbeing benefits of public libraries

Public libraries provide 26m hours of supported internet access each year – helping people get online, apply for jobs and access services and support. Don’t let your library miss out this election, find out how at:  https://votelibraries.uk #VoteLibraries #GE2019

CILIP, (2019), Public Libraries: the case for support P 16

The digital skills gap costs the UK economy an estimated £63bn per year. Your local library is helping to close this gap - help them secure the funding they need by pledging to #VoteLibraries this election.  https://votelibraries.uk 

House of Commons Science and Technology Committee (2016) Digital skills crisis: Second Report of Session 2016–17

Public libraries across the UK are providing successful business and enterprise support, boosting local economic development. Support local businesses this election by joining the #VoteLibraries campaign. #GE2019  https://votelibraries.uk

British Library, (2016) Enterprising Libraries: engines of innovation and economic growth Key findings of an Economic Impact Analysis, April 2013 – March 2015

Public libraries deliver events and activities which encourage people to come together, make friends and participate in their community. Help combat poverty, loneliness and social isolation this December by pledging to #VoteLibraries https://votelibraries.uk

CILIP, (2019), Public Libraries: the case for support

Libraries improve social mobility, helping their users build skills and confidence and improving their life chances and employability. Make your vote count for your community this December. #VoteLibraries https://votelibraries.uk

CILIP, (2019), Public Libraries: the case for support P 20

Every £1 invested in libraries returns between £5 and £7 for the local economy – that’s between £5bn and £6bn a year for the UK as a whole. Find out how you can support your library this election at: https://votelibraries.uk #VoteLibraries #GE2019

Arts Council England, (2014), Evidence Review of the Economic Impact of Public Libraries

Libraries receive more than 225m in-person visits every year, 90m online and reach one of the most diverse audiences of all local services. Support your community this December - find out how at:  https://votelibraries.uk #VoteLibraries #GE2019

CILIP, (2019), Public Libraries: the case for support P 4

Investing in public libraries is an opportunity to improve local outcomes and amplify the impact of national policy. Make sure your parliamentary candidates support them this election - email them at: https://votelibraries.uk #VoteLibraries #GE2019

CILIP, (2019), Public Libraries: the case for support P 4

Libraries are amongst the most widely used and trusted places, with more than 250m in-person and over 90m online visits per year. Show your support this #GE2019 by pledging to #VoteLibraries. https://votelibraries.uk

CILIP, (2019), Public Libraries: the case for support P 6

Libraries transcend political parties and politics. They are open and free for all. Make sure they’re on the agenda this election #VoteLibraries https://votelibraries.uk

CILIP, (2019), Public Libraries: the case for support P 10

Public libraries are facing a ‘funding gap’ of £150-200m per year. Given that they return between £5 and £7 for every £1 of investment, that means we could be missing between £5bn and £6bn a year.  Make sure your candidates know you’re going to #VoteLibraries this election https://votelibraries.uk

CILIP, (2019), Public Libraries: the case for support P 8

The presence of an appropriately funded, professionally-run public library has a significant ‘halo’ effect for local businesses and learning providers. Earn your halo by pledging to #VoteLibraries this December: https://votelibraries.uk

Arts Council England, (2014), Evidence Review of the Economic Impact of Public Libraries

Public library use has a positive impact on health and wellbeing. Regular library users report higher life satisfaction, happiness and sense of purpose in life. Libraries matter - find out how you can support them in the coming election: https://votelibraries.uk #VoteLibraries #GE2019

Fujiwara, D., Lawton, R., Mourato, S., (2015) The health and wellbeing benefits of public libraries

Public libraries alleviate pressure on local health and social care budgets and provide a much-needed frontline for community-based support. We need a government that recognises and supports this - find out how you can help: https://votelibraries.uk #VoteLibraries

Fujiwara, D., Lawton, R., Mourato, S., (2015) The health and wellbeing benefits of public libraries

Public libraries provide access to a trusted digital infrastructure which helps people in every part of the UK get online, build their skills and make use of digital services. Make sure they’re on the agenda this election #VoteLibraries https://votelibraries.uk

CILIP, (2019), Public Libraries: the case for support P 16

With sustainable long-term funding, every UK public library could be a catalyst for local economic development through business and enterprise support. Find out how you can help at: https://votelibraries.uk #VoteLibraries #GE2019

 CILIP, (2019), Public Libraries: the case for support P 17

With sustainable long-term funding, UK public libraries could work with schools, colleges, entrepreneurs and Councils to create a generation of innovators. Help them secure the funding they need by pledging to #VoteLibraries this election.   https://votelibraries.uk

British Library, (2016) Enterprising Libraries: engines of innovation and economic growth Key findings of an Economic Impact Analysis, April 2013 – March 2015

 CILIP, (2019), Public Libraries: the case for support P 19

Public libraries provide a low-cost, high-value mechanism for the Government to invest in combating loneliness and social isolation. Show your community you care by pledging to #VoteLibraries this election. https://votelibraries.uk

 CILIP, (2019), Public Libraries: the case for support P 20

Public libraries help people build the skills and confidence they need to improve their employability. Make sure they’re on the agenda this election https://votelibraries.uk #VoteLibraries

 CILIP, (2019), Public Libraries: the case for support P 21

“I benefited hugely from having a local library just across the road from the house I grew up in... the books I encountered there opened up whole new worlds and...improved my literacy skills and therefore my exam results” Ann Lewis

A vote for libraries is a vote for education. Show your support at https://votelibraries.uk   #VoteLibraries #GE2019

“As a parent I enrolled my children at the age of two at our local library. They could take 20 books out at a time. My son often would... clearing the shelves of his latest passion. Oh happy days! He is now 32 and a junior doctor. Libraries are part of the threads that stitch us together" Wendy Errington https://votelibraries.uk

A vote for libraries is a vote for education. Show your support at https://votelibraries.uk   #VoteLibraries #GE2019

“I write a rallying call of support now for all libraries, because I feel strongly that a library isn’t simply a building, it’s an experience. An experience meant for the primary school kids who can’t afford a book from the Scholastic fair every time it rolls into schools, meant for the old lady who wants to get into Game Of Thrones because she heard it’s good, it’s meant for the tired college students who need a place to sit down and study. Such is the rich and diverse world of the library. Please continue to fight for libraries in the name of experiences. Everyone has a right to one.” Gemma Jones https://votelibraries.uk

A vote for libraries is a vote for my community. Show your support at https://votelibraries.uk   #VoteLibraries #GE2019

“My local library was crucial to my mental health as a new mother. I have no family locally, library sing-a-longs and story times allowed me to socialise, to meet new mums and talk. I structured my week around these events. They motivated me to get out of the house and this helped my recovery after a caesarean delivery. Most importantly, singing and hearing stories at the library allowed me to be a ‘good mother’. There seemed so many ways of doing it wrong as a new parent (feeding, routines, plastics etc) but singing with my baby and listening to stories helped her development and felt great.” Elaine Walters https://votelibraries.uk

A vote for libraries is a vote that supports health, wellbeing and social care. Show your support at https://votelibraries.uk   #VoteLibraries #GE2019

 

“My local library has been invaluable to me. When my marriage broke up I found myself a flat to rent. Whilst I could manage my basic expenses, things like broadband and laptops were a luxury I couldn’t afford. Having access to the internet every day was vital to sort out my bills and apply for new jobs. I’m about to start my new management role, which I applied for and completed assessment for, at my local library” Anne, Hampshire https://votelibraries.uk

A vote for libraries is a vote for my community. Show your support at https://votelibraries.uk   #VoteLibraries #GE2019

Tweetable Quotes from Public Libraries, The Case for Support

Public libraries reach a strongly diversified audience across   all protected characteristics, and particularly in terms of ethnicity and age https://votelibraries.uk  166

The demographic most strongly correlated with library use is young people aged 15-24 https://votelibraries.uk 109

Librarians are amongst the top 5 trusted professionals (according to a YouGov survey commissioned by CILIP), helping people improve their ability to find trusted information and combat fake news https://votelibraries.uk 219

Public libraries increasingly act as ‘anchor’ institutions for regeneration and place-making, supporting local economic development https://votelibraries.uk 156

Libraries offer safe, trusted access to a wide range of Local Authority services, enhancing and extending the Council’s support for local people https://votelibraries.uk 170

Libraries make a powerful contribution to education and  learning - 88% of learners say using the library makes them    more confident and 76% say using the library helps them improve their qualifications https://votelibraries.uk 229

Public library use has a proven positive impact on health and wellbeing. Regular library users report higher life satisfaction, happiness and sense of purpose in life https://votelibraries.uk 191

Public libraries provide 26m hours of supported internet access each year through 40,000 PC’s and free public wifi – helping people get online, apply for jobs and access services and support https://votelibraries.uk 215

Libraries also deliver a wide range of digital skills initiatives, helping to close the UK’s digital skills gap (which costs the economy an estimated £63bn per year) https://votelibraries.uk 190

As part of the British Library’s Business and IP Centres initiative, supported by the Arts Council England, public libraries across the UK are providing successful business and enterprise support which boosts local economic development https://votelibraries.uk 260

Public libraries are also delivering a range of targeted services which combat loneliness and social isolation, including events and activities which encourage people to come together, make friends and participate in their community https://votelibraries.uk 257

Libraries also have a demonstrable impact on social mobility, helping their users build skills and confidence and improving their life chances and employability. https://votelibraries.uk   188

Estimates suggest that every £1 invested in libraries returns between £5 and £7 – a staggering return of between £5bn and £6bn a year for the UK economy https://votelibraries.uk   180

With more than 225m in-person visits every year, 90m online and one of the most strongly diversified audiences of all local services https://votelibraries.uk   160

Investing in England’s public libraries represents an unique opportunity to improve local outcomes and amplify the impact of national policy https://votelibraries.uk   168

With more than 225m in-person visits every year, 90m online and one of the most strongly diversified audiences of all local services, investing in England’s public libraries represents an unique opportunity to improve local outcomes and amplify the impact of national policy https://votelibraries.uk 302

Libraries are amongst the most widely used and trusted platforms, with more than 250m in-person visits, over 90m online visits and a strongly diversified audience, particularly in terms of ethnicity and age. https://votelibraries.uk 235

With an estimated ROI between 1:5 and 1:7, the ‘funding gap’ for public libraries of £150-200m puts their estimated annual return-on-investment of between £5bn and £6bn a year at risk.   https://votelibraries.uk    214

Very few public services have the demographic or geographic reach of public libraries. Libraries are amongst the most widely used and trusted platforms, with more than 250m in-person visits, over 90m online visits and a strongly diversified audience, particularly in terms of ethnicity and age https://votelibraries.uk 322  

The social and economic return on investment in public libraries, both directly in terms of added value for individual users and indirectly in terms of the positive overall effect on communities, local businesses and other public services, is comparatively higher than other leisure and cultural services  https://votelibraries.uk 331 

With an estimated ROI between 1:5 and 1:7, the ‘funding gap’ for public libraries of £150-200m puts their estimated annual return-on-investment of between £5bn and £6bn a year at risk https://votelibraries.uk 208

The presence of an appropriately funded, professionally-run public library has a significant ‘halo’ effect for local businesses and learning providers https://votelibraries.uk 175

In the UK, the UKCES highlighted the potential of public libraries as anchor institutions for community development, economic regeneration and local economic growth https://votelibraries.uk 187

There is a growing body of evidence which suggests that public library use correlates to positive impact on health and wellbeing Our evidence shows that regular library users report higher life satisfaction, happiness and sense of purpose in life https://votelibraries.uk 271

Public libraries are part of the local ecosystem of health and social care provision. They alleviate pressure on local health and social care budgets and provide a much-needed frontline for community-based support for people’s health and wellbeing https://votelibraries.uk 272

Public libraries have transformed their digital offer, providing an unparalleled trusted digital infrastructure which helps people in every part of the UK get online, build their skills and make use of digital services https://votelibraries.uk 243

With sustainable long-term funding, there is tremendous potential to position every UK public library as a catalyst for local economic development through business and enterprise support https://votelibraries.uk 211

With sustainable long-term funding, there is tremendous potential to position every UK public library as a catalyst for local economic development through business and enterprise support – working with schools, colleges, entrepreneurs and Councils to create a generation of entrepreneurs and innovators https://votelibraries.uk 327

Public libraries provide a low-cost, high-value mechanism for the Government to invest in combatting loneliness and social isolation, whilst helping people build the skills and confidence they need to improve their employability https://votelibraries.uk 253

Personal quotes

“Libraries are important to me because I benefited hugely from having a local library just across the road from the house I grew up in. There were hardly any books at home but I spent hours in that library and the books I encountered there opened up whole new worlds and on a practical level improved my literacy skills and therefore my exam results” Ann Lewis https://votelibraries.uk   385

“As a parent I enrolled my children at the age of two at our local library. They could take 20 books out at a time. My son often would... clearing the shelves of his latest passion. Oh happy days! He is now 32 and a junior doctor. Libraries are part of the threads that stitch us together" Wendy Errington https://votelibraries.uk 329

“I write a rallying call of support now for all libraries, because I feel strongly that a library isn’t simply a building, it’s an experience. An experience meant for the primary school kids who can’t afford a book from the Scholastic fair every time it rolls into schools, meant for the old lady who wants to get into Game Of Thrones because she heard it’s good, it’s meant for the tired college students who need a place to sit down and study. Such is the rich and diverse world of the library. Please continue to fight for libraries in the name of experiences. Everyone has a right to one.” Gemma Jones https://votelibraries.uk 630

“My local library was crucial to my mental health as a new mother. I have no family locally, library sing-a-longs and story times allowed me to socialise, to meet new mums and talk. I structured my week around these events. They motivated me to get out of the house and this helped my recovery after a caesarean delivery. Most importantly, singing and hearing stories at the library allowed me to be a ‘good mother’. There seemed so many ways of doing it wrong as a new parent (feeding, routines, plastics etc) but singing with my baby and listening to stories helped her development and felt great.” Elaine Walters https://votelibraries.uk 640

“My local library has been invaluable to me. When my marriage broke up I found myself a flat to rent. Whilst I could manage my basic expenses, things like broadband and laptops were a luxury I couldn’t afford. Having access to the internet every day was vital to sort out my bills and apply for new jobs. I’m about to start my new management role, which I applied for and completed assessment for, at my local library” Anne, Hampshire https://votelibraries.uk 459


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