Report: Public Libraries, The Case for Support

CILIP and The Big Issue call on Government to build the future by investing in libraries!

Under the leadership of literacy campaigner and Peer Lord John Bird, CILIP and The Big Issue have joined forces to launch a new evidence-based report calling on Central Government to build the future by investing in public libraries.

Titled Public Libraries: The Case for Support, the report brings together the best available evidence of the wide-ranging impact of public libraries on people’s lives.


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This report highlights how libraries deliver on:

  • Place-shaping and inclusive economic growth
  • Education, informal learning and skills
  • Health, wellbeing and social care
  • Digital skills and getting online
  • Enterprise and business support
  • Poverty prevention, social mobility and social isolation

The report endorses the message in Library Champion Bobby Seagull’s Manifesto for Libraries that Government needs to build a stronger future for public libraries by securing funding for Councils and creating a new National Library Improvement Fund with a capital budget of up to £50m a year for 5 years.


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