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Opportunities for all – libraries 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”.


General Election 2019 Party Manifestos In Review

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?

Local Cultural Enrichment and Public Libraries

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.

Labour Manifesto Includes Libraries - #VoteLibraries

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.

Public Libraries, Literacy, and (Re)Building a Nation of Readers

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.

Write Your Candidate about #VoteLibraries

The #VoteLibraries campaign asks library supporters across the UK to take the pledge to support candidates who will put libraries on the agenda in Westminster. If you believe that libraries matter in our communities, please take the next step and tell your candidates what you want to see in your constituency. 

#VoteLibraries Campaign Launches

A new campaign, led by CILIP, the library and information association, is calling on politicians to put local communities at the heart of their election campaigns. The #VoteLibraries campaign enables members of the public to pledge their support for their local library services and put pressure on the candidates in their area to commit to sustainable, long term investment for local library services.

Great School Libraries Report Released

The joint CILIP/SLG/School Library Association campaign #GreatSchoolLibraries took a great leap forward last week with the launch of the first comprehensive research report into the state of school library provision across England, Wales and Northern Ireland (in parallel with and drawing on the fantastic progress already made in Scotland).


Report: Public Libraries, The Case for Support

At a Parliamentary event at the House of Lords today, The Big Issue and Library Champion Bobby Seagull will join forces with CILIP, the UK library association, to make the case for long-term sustainable funding for libraries.

New £250 million Culture Investment Fund launched

Innovative cultural projects, libraries, museums and creative industries will benefit from £250m of new funding for the culture and creative sector, the Culture Secretary announced on October 12.