Library cuts ,hope there not too bad

A piece in last weeks guardian about local government cuts mention that libraries are the soft belly to be cut .Well for me this would be a nightmare on a tight budget Library books make most of my reading material ,as I read some obscure titles my local library system and there online ordering is a god send for me .as with the book in the picture I watch a recent programme on Italian noir that evening ordered the book to borrow from library and picked up this week .My local library is a small sub library with friendly helpful staff and a good small selection ,my hope is this doesn’t get cut ,there is a large library in the centre of Chesterfield where I live this is one of the best stocks libraries in the UK due to its high rate of borrowing the fifth in the UK .but to get there is a bus ride and I don’t always have time to get there .so hoping my library that is five min walks from my house is kept .



11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. parrish
    Jan 11, 2011 @ 21:27:17

    like yourself a lot, in fact most of the books that I read, I order from the online library & they deliver them to my local rural branch. Without this service or my local branch, my reading would be reduced considerably. So when I saw this article in the paper, it got me worried, as I’ve said before on my blog, The Libraries are a fantastic resource & need protecting, not just for us readers now, but for the readers after us.


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  3. cousinsread
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 01:24:32

    I not only work in a library, but live in the community where it is located. We are facing possible massive cuts this summer and I am worried that our services will be severely reduced. I hope the cuts won’t be as bad as feared for you or for me!


  4. gavin
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 04:20:35

    I use my library at least once a week, both for myself and my students. Our system closes for one week in the summer and one week in the winter and at some branches they have shortened hours and close one day a week. Our citizens support our library system but with things the way they are we may face more cuts.


  5. Eva
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 06:20:36

    I use my library all of the time! We’re not looking at cuts, though, thank God.


  6. Robin Dalton
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 12:35:31

    I also live in a small town with a tiny little library. I do practically everything online: reserving, renewing. But I am still in there once a week. It’s a 10 minute walk. They have saved me a fortune. In fact, the librarians have often said (jokingly) that my custom keeps them open. They know me by name. When I walk in the door they turn to the shelf behind them for the books I have reserved. I go on tangents (my niece’s refer to it as one Auntie Robin’s phases) and when I do, I want to read everything I can about my current obsession. This would be impossible without my library, as I tend to exist in a state of genteel poverty. And, yes, like you there are larger libraries that I could take a train or bus to, but it would be so sad to have to do that. The larger libraries wouldn’t know my name. The librarians and I swap book, music and film recommendations. Because my husband works in IT, he is occasionally away from home. There have been weeks when my librarians were the only people I spoke to. I am 58 and married. Where would our single/widowed pensioners go for information, for connection? A bus ride to a community they feel a stranger in? In my small town the library is more of a local hub than the Parish Hall. I can’t help but think our current government doesn’t really know or understand the needs of the people who live in this country. Not everyone can afford to buy a book. But it is more than books we are talking about. It is the warp and weft of our local communities that are being slowly unravelled.
    Rant over. Thank you for your lovely blog and allowing me to ramble on with my comment.


  7. Ian Anstice
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 22:37:43

    Thanks for the coverage. For the full list of library closures and handy map see
    For reasons to defend libraries, please see


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