The Library Manifesto



Speak Up for Libraries is asking local councilors to sign up to the following manifesto:

* Acknowledge that libraries are important to people – especially when times are hard for individuals and communities.

* Commit to engaging with communities to design services that meet their needs and aspirations.

* Ensure library services are properly resourced and staffed.

* Commit to a service that is publicly funded, managed and run by paid professional staff.

* Recognise that properly funded library services contribute to the health and well-being of communities and so complement the work of other public services.

They also want county councillors to lobby central government to:

* Give libraries a long-term future, with a vision for their future development and clear standards of service.

* Enforce the commitment in law to provide a “comprehensive and efficient” library service. This commitment should also include digital, ICT and e-book services.


Art: World War I poster reworked by library campaigner Phil Bradley.

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