Speak Up!

Speak Up For Libraries 
Public library services and staff are under threat from cuts and closures on a massive scale. We are asking people to join with us to Speak Up For Libraries – both now and in the future.

We need action now to safeguard the future of the public library service as a whole.

Speak Up For Libraries

The rally at Central Westminster hall was well attended by organisations and people from around the country. After hearing some very good speeches about the need and value of libraries. We headed off to meet with our MP, Theresa Villiers, to express our concern and seek support against the closure of FBL.  And although our MP could not make the appointment, we did manage to meet with her assistant and handed over a letter, outlining the history of our campaign and the reasons why we feel it was a mistake to close our library.    


Public libraries serve communities from a small rural village to many parts of an inner cities, where young and old can mingle and learn in an often quiet, warm and safe public space.
We wanted to join the rally and lobby of Parliament, with some help from the organisers (see website below) whether from local library users, campaigners and staff to show the importance of libraries in providing access to opportunities in reading, education, listening, a quiet public space, learning, an area for child development, coupled with information and knowledge that acts as forming a strong bond and connection amongst many communities.
  • Come and attend the rally and hear high profile speakers, entertainment and films all telling the same story – libraries are a valued and vital resource.  
  • Visit the 'pop up' library and see for yourself the many faces of a modern library.
  • Arrange to meet with your MP and tell them now is the time to act to protect libraries.
The rally will take place from 11.30am at Central Hall Westminster, Storey's Gate, Westminster, London SW1H 9NH. The lobby of Parliament will start at 2.30pm. 
Details of the event and more information about the organisers, please view their website called 'Speak Up For Libraries,' for more information, please Click on the the link here!

The organisations behind 'Speak Up For Libraries' can be found below:
Elizabeth Ash

The Campaign for the Book was established in 2008 to raise the profile of reading for pleasure and the role of libraries and librarians in promoting it. Its organiser is author and educational consultant Alan Gibbons. The Campaign has held a 200 strong conference. The Campaign called the 110 read-ins in 2010 and from this Alan initiated National Libraries Day.

The leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers. CILIP's vision is a fair and economically prosperous society underpinned by literacy, access to information and the transfer of knowledge. CILIP is a registered charity, no. 313014. Visit www.cilip.org.uk for more information.

Mar Dixon

Supporting friends and users of libraries, the Library Campaign is the national umbrella and support organisation for library user groups. We are a national charity covering England and Wales. Our basic aim is to advance the lifelong education of the public by the promotion, support, assistance and improvement of libraries through the activities of friends and users groups. We are a membership organisation recognised by government and parliament (we recently gave oral evidence to the Select Committee inquiry into library closures.)

The National Federation of Women's Institutes
The WI is the largest voluntary women's organisation in the UK, with over 210,000 members in some 7,000 WIs across England, Wales and the Islands. The WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities. The NFWI's 'Love Your Libraries' campaign was launched after a resolution on the closure of local libraries was adopted by delegates at the 2011 AGM following a year of debate on issues facing public libraries on a local level. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the value of libraries and the services they provide to communities.

UNISON is the biggest union in the UK for the library and culture service. We represent the majority of the 24,000 library staff employed as librarians, library assistants and managers in all library authorities in England, Scotland and Wales. Launched in 2010, Love Your Libraries is our campaign to make sure that library services are protected and invested in so that local people and communities can enjoy and benefit from them now and in the future. Since the launch of the campaign UNISON has been dismayed to witness the growing threat to local services posed by the cuts to local government funding.

Voices for the Library exists to give people the facts about Public Library Services in the UK, about the work librarians do, and to save Public Libraries. We provide a balanced view of the service and the professionals who work there, and discuss ideas for the way forward. We don't want to lose our libraries, and we aim to ensure future generations continue to enjoy access to free unbiased public libraries and librarians.