UK Libraries

Government Responds To Children's Laureate's Call For 'Every School To Have A Library Its Proud Of'

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Parents

Children’s laureate Chris Riddell, has been praised for calling on the government to investigate the closure of school libraries. Riddell wrote an o...

What Does It Mean To #LovetoRead In Sub-Saharan Africa?

Alison Hubert | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Alison Hubert

Books are a critical tool in the fight for development across Africa as they are a tool for giving disadvantaged children here in the UK a leg up, but their practical value does not diminish their almost magical power to transport us to another place and the joy they provide.

Creativity And Connectivity: How The Internet Inspires Our Imagination

Shane Hegarty | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Tech
Shane Hegarty

I'd be quite lost without such distraction offered by the world outside or life online. Those daily chance encounters and random diversions often offer a route out of trouble when a story hits a dead end.

Last of the Rare Book Cataloguers

James Christie | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
James Christie

Only a few books to go and then so will I. It's been a long journey to a virtual chapel complete with stained glass windows, weeding and shelving rare books in a reading room not twenty miles from the special collection where I first learnt the library trade nearly twenty-five years ago.

How to Choose The Right Books For Your Children?

J.N. Paquet | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Parents
J.N. Paquet

The best way to learn about the wide range of books available in the market and get to know the taste of our little ones is to visit a public library with them and let them explore. Let them discover. Let them show you what they like and what they don't really like. They might surprise you at times!

The Future of Reading

Alison Hubert | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Alison Hubert

Each year we send up to one million brand new, carefully selected books to libraries in Africa because we believe that books can change lives. What we want to do is to give people the opportunities that books can bring.

Libraries in Dire Straits - Time for New Thinking

Andrew Laird | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK
Andrew Laird

It's not going to be a huge surprise to many people that traditional council library services are in dire straits. As funding has been squeezed, services like children's and adults' social care are naturally being prioritised over non-essential services.

A Government Less Willing to Spend Makes Us All Poorer

Bradley Allsop | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

Thankfully I am warm and dry as I write this, but there are thousands of people in Northern England, Scotland and Wales that are huddling in upstairs ...

A Truly Civilised Nation Opens New Libraries.... It Doesn't Close the Ones It Has!

Mathew Hulbert | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Politics
Mathew Hulbert

I love libraries. I always have. They are universities for the masses. Seats of learning with no tuition fees. Places where whole new worlds are o...

Inspiring Readers - Bringing a World of Reading Into the Classroom

Alison Hubert | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK
Alison Hubert

Without a decent supply of books, the issue is not only that children struggle to learn to read. They are also denied the opportunity to explore the world through books, to find the stories, information and knowledge that could change their lives. That's why it's so important that we provide reading books for these schools...

Get The Grumpy Unfriendly Library Staff Out! (... For Our Children's Sake!)

J.N. Paquet | Posted 09.10.2016 | UK Politics
J.N. Paquet

Nothing does or will ever justify public library cuts and school library cuts. Library cuts are unacceptable in the twenty-first century, in a modern country like Britain, and they should simply be made unlawful!

Should Hackerspaces Replace Libraries?

James Coe | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Tech
James Coe

The value of hackerspaces is that they, like traditonal libraries, democratise educational tools. Developing an app or editing a video at home requires hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds worth of investment. This is an obvious hurdle for many people looking to innovate.

The Words Behind the Goal: What Does Sustainable Development Goal 4 Mean in Practice?

Alison Hubert | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK
Alison Hubert

It's 15 years since the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were agreed which sought to 'spare no effort' in eradicating global poverty and inequality. Over this last weekend, leaders once again come together to assess the progress made by the MDGs and to redefine their focus for the next 15 years of the fight against poverty.

A Love Letter to All the Libraries

Holly Seddon | Posted 14.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Holly Seddon

Libraries are so much more than books. They are still relevant, they are still vital. They will help the next generation of readers and writers to find their feet, the next generation of young and skint parents to give their kids a love of reading that costs nothing, the next generation of job seekers a route to apply for employment if they don't have online access of their own.

Are Children Still Interested in Books?

J.N. Paquet | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
J.N. Paquet

Some encouraging results from the survey indeed show that children from lower socio-economic backgrounds spend more time reading on devices than their wealthier peers. More encouraging results: print books are actually more popular with three to five-year-olds than reading on devices!

Every Library That Closes...

J.N. Paquet | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
J.N. Paquet

Nowadays, libraries are unfortunately losing their appeal to the new generations. How can a visit to the library compete with playing Minecraft on an iPad?

Libraries: It's Not All White and Gold, Or Black and Blue, Out There...

J.N. Paquet | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
J.N. Paquet

Somerset has for instance already approved plans to slash its mobile library service by more than half. Staffordshire county Council is also considering cutting its six mobile libraries and closing 24 of its 43 static libraries.

Teachers' Call for Better Understanding of the Gulf Must Be Heard

Richard Gibby | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK
Richard Gibby

The impact and influence of the Gulf region on modern society is increasingly distinctive. And yet, what do most of us really understand about how closely linked our nation is with that part of the world?

Extreme and Dangerous

Caragh Little | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

You'd think a book would be the least dangerous thing you could send to your friend who's just begun their summer holiday. Nothing could be much safer, it might seem, than relaxing on a deckchair, in a peaceful garden or hotel poolside terrace, with a book and a cool drink. But this is Northern Ireland, and when we send parcels, we have to risk assess.

Birmingham - A City on the Edge (of Great Things)

Olly MacNamee | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olly MacNamee

With renovation and entrepreneurial enthusiasm happening across the city and spring boarding, for me, from the re-opening of the Bullring Centre back in 2003 - the year I moved to this great city - the best is still to come. The smell of success is starting to fill the noses of the citizens of Birmingham and they are beginning to realize the potential of this place. Watch out world, here come the Brummies!

Libraries That Are Probably Nicer Than The Ones You're Revising In

The Huffington Post UK | Louisa Clack | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Most university libraries look the same. It's a sad but honest truth; most contain quite depressed students who have drunk too much coffee stressfully...

Libraries Are Still Vital for the Socially Excluded

Natalie Wade | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Wade

Like record stores, video rentals and book shops, there can be a commonly-held assumption that libraries are surplus to requirement for a younger digi...

The World's Most Beautiful Libraries

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK

Forget your ramshackle local library with plastic chairs, dial-up Internet and a collection that consists of Poirot’s Last Case and the six copies o...

A Century of Pilgrimage: The Hajj, Past and Present

Oliver Urquhart-Irvine | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Oliver Urquhart-Irvine

As we venture further into the British Library Qatar Foundation partnership programme, we are encountering more materials that have direct relevance to the modern day. These images show just how the ties with past and present are becoming increasingly strong through our partnership, as more content emerges from the British Library's basement.

PICS: Librarians' Anonymous Confessions

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Comedy

Our new favourite Tumblr? Librarian Shaming - 'a place for those of us in libraryland to come clean'. It began with this blog post from the Dracut...