Support swells for Save Our Libraries Day

Save Our Libraries Day is a day of action that will bring greater attention to the cuts and closures facing many public library services. The Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals had pledged its support. CILIP is encouraging everyone who cares about reading, literacy and libraries to use their library on the 5th and tell as many people as possible to do the same.

“I urge everyone to support Save Our Libraries Day. Let’s show our national and local politicians how deeply we care about our public library services” commented Annie Mauger, CILIP Chief Executive, “Many public library services are facing disproportionate cuts, and are seen as a ‘soft option’.”

On the 5th we can all help spread the word about the unique contribution libraries make to families, local communities and society. Public libraries are part of our national fabric, they have educated and inspired countless numbers of us, they are free, open to all and deserve a great future.”

Get involved and support your public library service on the 5th by encouraging everyone you know to join and use their local library. Borrow as many books as you can and ask everyone you know to do the same. Visit your local library, have a browse and find out what’s happening in your community. Go to your library website and download some ebooks and use online reference resources. Tweet why you love libraries using the hashtag #savelibraries.

Annie Mauger will be in her local library on the 5th. You can follow her through the day on Twitter @anniemauger

Campaigning in support of local library services has been taking place across the country. A list of local campaigns is available through Voices for the Library.

CILIP has recently contacted all English MPs and members of the House of Lords with a briefing about the implications of public library cuts. All Heads of Library Service have also been contacted with guidelines about What makes a good library service, aimed at local government councillors.

Save Our Libraries Day was originally proposed by library campaigner and author Alan Gibbons. The day is not centrally organised, but provides national focus for local campaigning.

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