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Public libraries have continued to evolve since Carnegie’s day, adapting to modern developments and expanding their roles not only as repositories of literature, but as institutions for education, job training, social assistance, and even as thriving community hubs and centres for the arts.
Across the UK, many public libraries are struggling to remain open. With nearly 800 libraries having closed since 2010 - due to national austerity measures and a decline in spending at the local level - this a national crisis. But it is also a locale by local tragedy.
CILIP, the UK’s library and information association, has issued a call to Boris Johnson to “set aside the campaign rhetoric and build Britain’s future by investing in libraries, information and knowledge for the 21st Century”.
As the dust settles on the 2019 General Election, libraries body CILIP tells Boris Johnson to “set aside the campaign rhetoric and build Britain’s future by investing in libraries, information and knowledge for the 21st Century”.
As the UK’s library and information association, CILIP has a simple objective - to raise the visibility and influence of libraries in our national political agenda. Working with our partners at the EveryLibrary Institute, we launched #VoteLibraries, a multi-platform campaign to secure support for libraries from the public, the media and policymakers. And what a campaign it has been!
CILIP, the UK’s Library and Information Association has responded to comments made by Conservative leader Boris Johnson during his interview with Andrew Marr on Sunday 1st December.
Access to quality library services is one of the most transformative investments our society could make. Which is why we’ve been working with Bobby Seagull to launch our ‘Manifesto for Libraries’ calling on the Government to “recognise the opportunity to transform lives across the UK by investing in the future of our libraries.” Our campaign to encourage all candidates to #VoteLibraries has resulted in messages of solidarity and support from across the political spectrum. So how has this support translated into the Party Manifestos?
Public libraries are natural cultural hubs for the communities they serve. In fact, libraries are often the first point of contact for children and young people with the arts, whether it is through reading books, attending performances, or learning how to create their own art.
CILIP, the UK’s Library and Information Association, has welcomed the commitment in the Labour Party’s 2019 General Election manifesto to secure the long-term future of public libraries. The Manifesto commits a potential future Labour Government to support improved funding and library standards - two key areas on which CILIP and others have been lobbying through the #VoteLibraries campaign.
Reading for pleasure is a time-honoured pastime dating back to the Georgian period, when books became widely available to the general public for the first time via industrial mass publication and the advent of lending libraries. With a focus on literacy as a tool for both moral and social improvement, England soon thereafter became a nation of readers, bolstered by the official establishment of public libraries in 1852.