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Report shows 127 UK libraries closed last year

12 December 2018
The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has found that 127 libraries closed in the UK last year and a continued decline in overall spending and staff levels,...

UK library wins ‘transformation’ award

5 December 2018
In the UK, Cheshire West and Chester council has been awarded the top prize at the 2018 Guardian Public Service Awards (PSA) for the transformation of its Storyhouse cultural centre,...

€98m Helsinki library to open in December

21 November 2018
In Finland, Helsinki's new public library Oodi is set to open in early December, coinciding with the country's Independence Day celebrations. Oodi, which translates to ‘ode’ in English, was commissioned as...

UK School Librarian of the Year announced

17 October 2018
In the UK, librarian Emma Suffield from Saint Wilfrid’s Church of England Academy in Lancashire has won the 2018 School Librarian of the Year Award, reports The Bookseller. The award...

Libraries gain in 2019 US federal budget

10 October 2018
In the US, federal legislation will ensure level or increased funding for library programs into the new financial year, reports American Libraries Magazine. The 'Federal Funding for Library Programs and...

Dutch library wins 2018 Public Library of the Year

3 October 2018
The School 7 library in the Netherlands (KopGroep Libraries) has won the Public Library of the Year award for 2018, reports Dutch News. Announced at the World Library and Information...

Best Small Library in America 2018 announced

26 September 2018
In the US, Madison County Public Libraries (MCPL) has won Library Journal’s 2018 award for Best Small Library in America, reports USA Today’s Citizen Times. The competition, sponsored by book...

Patterson donates £50k to UK school libraries

19 September 2018
US author James Patterson is donating £50,000 (A$91,400) to school libraries in the UK, in partnership with Scholastic UK Book Clubs, reports the Bookseller. £25,000 (A$45,700) will be made available...

PRH US changes library ebook lending terms

5 September 2018
In North America, Penguin Random House (PRH) has announced a change in its library ebook lending model, beginning 1 October 2018, reports Publishers Weekly. The change of model, from a...

UK government says CIPFA library statistics ‘flawed’

29 August 2018
The UK government’s Libraries Taskforce has raised concerns about library statistics published by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), reports the Bookseller. In a report entitled ‘CIPFA...

Ancient public library uncovered in Germany

1 August 2018
Archaeologists in Cologne, Germany, have uncovered the remains of the oldest public library in the country, built almost 2000 years ago, which may have housed up to 20,000 scrolls, reports...

Banksy to help keep Bristol libraries open

11 July 2018
In the UK, anonymous street artist Banksy has offered support to keep all of Bristol's libraries open, reports the Bristol Post. Bristol City Council had announced budget cuts in February last...