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January 31, 2011

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love posters a great post ,touch wood our local library that I use a lot is safe just open less ,all the best stu

Eek! I use libraries a lot too but would struggle to take out 20 books a time...I do take out a lot though, just in smaller batches more often.

Did you seen the leader of Oxfordshire County Council's angry response to Phillip Pulman's campaign against library cuts in that county? It is the second letter featured here:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/jan/31/can-philanthropy-help-public-libraries?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+theguardian%2Fbooks%2Frss+%28Books%29

This is not the place to comment on how we got into the mess we are in. The blame game has started, and it is quite depressing. Reading this did cause me some soul searching. My heart would want me to oppose every library closure, but my conscience would also find it hard if, for example, crucial help to disabled or elderly people had to be cut instead.

Great post covering the importance of libraries to neighborhoods and towns. I love the posters. Just briliant. The idea of closing libraries is abhorrent to me. I am elderly - there I admit it! - and I don't know what I'd do without a library a few blocks away. Most of what I read now comes from my library.

Thank you all for your comments.

I agree that economic policy cannot be dictated to by sound bite length snippets that fit on a placard waved in a demo. Also there are many things more important than libraries (you rightly mention "crucial help to disabled or elderly", David). There are also many things that are not as important.

My main point was that some controversial areas of cuts, like tutition fees for example, affect one group of the popualation. Libraries affect many, many groups of people and on that basis they should be a priority, or more of a priority than some other controversial areas. In terms of social care for example the library was my first port of call for information when helping my parents find information about caring for a terminally ill relative.

Libraries in this sense are part of social care and support for the disabled, as they are part of health care, parenting, education, culture, the arts, IT, etc, etc.

Hear, hear!

Very good post. I hope you don't mind my translating part of it and using it on a post on the "Save Our Libraries Day". I have a blog (in Spanish) about books, libraries and literary curiosities. The situation in Spain regarding cuts for culture is probably as bad as in Britain, but here people are not complaining as you do. I wish we would follow your example!

Thanks for your comment Martin. And I am very flattered Elena!

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