Prevent the closure of public libraries
Libraries offer computer access to the poor, give access to books to those unable to afford them, and provide education for all, regardless of social status.
They are inclusive of all, not just the 'white middle class'. They provide ways to learn about other cultures as well as our own, promoting understanding of foreign ways of life. They enable people to learn about subjects they may not have had the oppurtunity to study in the past. They provide a quiet place to study and read. They allow people to see the world in new ways.
Knowledge is power!
Libraries: The medicine chest of the soul. ~Library at Thebes, inscription over the door
Lynne Coppendale commented
It's a travesty to try and stop free access to self-improvement for all, on a titally equitable basis.
Sam Brooks commented
As a home educator the libraries are vital to my family. I am sure there are many people in this country who owe their success in life in part to the public library service. Shame on those who would let it disappear!
Cathy Bowden commented
Libraries are essential for a modern civilisation. Small local public libraries are ssential for anyone with limited transport, no internet, no computer, children, baby(s), elderly people, disabled people and anyone who frequently uses libraries, Reduced free public libraries in a recession is utter disaster. All libraries need professional trianed librarians. CLosing librarie sis such a regressive barbarian back-step. DON'T DO IT!!!
Every library is important. Any closure is a great loss and reflects badly on all those involved in the decision.
K Franklin commented
Very important cause, we'll all miss them when their gone
So so so important! Particularly for young families and the young. Where else can they go to access such a wealth of information. People say the internet but a) internet is good for skimming information, books are good for depth on a subject b) the library is the one place that most of these kids have access to the internet!!!!
Please do this campaign, it's so important - the public should have access to libraries, they are centres of community and important as knowledge gateways.
viv barboteau commented
As like everything else,the government robs the people from something that helps us in our daily lives-learning,relaxation,fun & more.people cannot afford to keep buying books moreso in this recession.
Libraries make knowledge available to all, closing any would bring into question whether we live in a civilised society and want to continue to do so.
Elaine Kirkaldie commented
Such a move is unthinkable. Many elderly people rely on internet library facilities to keep them in the know and connected to relatives abroad at zero cost. They provide an oasis of calm, to study, relax and improve ones mind.
Helen Tremaine commented
It may be too late - many libraries have already closed or are about to. I think this campaign would need to be stronger if there is really a chance of saving libraries (think poll tax).The tories have finally found a way to get rid of libraries under the guise of 'essential cuts' which we all know is rubbish. We are one of the wealthiest countries in the world and there are many ways they could cut our deficit without decimating public services.
Janet Foxley commented
Public libraries are essential for families with children. When my children were young we borrowed six books per child per week. Even the wealthiest family will not supply their children reading matter at that rate if they have to buy it.
Ronne Randall commented
Libraries are at the heart of our communities. Closing them deprives us all -- but most especially the elderly, children, and young mums -- of a social space, opportunities to learn and be nurtured, to widen horizons and enrich lives. This will have a knock-on effect for generations. If it IS an economic measure (which is doubtful), it is a false economy, and dangerous. PLEASE rethink!
Carol Webb commented
Libraries are places where people can find themselves.
Inge Thornton commented
They are also a vital resource in communities where many people don't have English as their first language, providing books in a range of languages and the opportunity to learn English by providing ESOL resources and signposting customers to English classes
Opposing the closure of libraries should be a priority for everyone. Millions of people have no access to books or the internet without them, and librarians do far more than just stamp books.
Tina Price-Johnson commented
Please make preventing the closure of libraries a priorty of 38 Degrees. Most of us who are involved in campaigns would not be able to do so without the access to knowledge, community and voice that libraries give to us. They are a vital asset at the beating heart of the community; without libraries there would be no 38 Degrees, no campaign groups of note, no successful campaigns, no way for poorer, disadvantaged groups to access knowledge and understanding, no way for everyone to expand their minds and intellect, no way for 40% of the country to access the internet, and nowhere for community groups to meet. It is a statutory provision the government must provide, and by central government enforcing draconian cuts especially onto the poorer boroughs local councils are being forced to cut vital services. Libraries MUST be a priority campaign of 38 degrees.
Libraries are more important than ever - everyone should have access to them and they should be staffed by skilled paid staff.
Libraries - engines of social mobily, learning, leisure & self improvement. Seeing these as an easy target for cuts in the short term will cost the country and society dear in the longer period and is a acourse that should be avoided