UK Libraries

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

Mathew Hulbert | Posted 10.11.2015 | 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 04.11.2015 | 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 14.10.2015 | 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 12.10.2015 | 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 29.09.2015 | 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 17.08.2015 | 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...

Global Education Ambitions Led by Online Tools

Oliver Urquhart-Irvine | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Urquhart-Irvine

Building a competitive higher education system is a focus for many parts of the Middle East. But developing an educative infrastructure takes time, even with significant and shrewd investment.

Reading Books Will Ruin Your Life

Hayley Morgan | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Hayley Morgan

One day, books will be like antiques. A standard paperback will cost hundreds of pounds depending on the year and edition. War and Peace will be out of print. And I will be an old lady with only dreams of ghosts of cats, telling the illiterate kids on the block how these same streets were once paved in books, each one costing less than a halfpenny.

Open Access - Breaking the Monopoly of Large Academic Publishers

Ann McKechin | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK Politics
Ann McKechin

Breaking the stranglehold which the handful of large corporate publishers currently have over academics and university libraries is not only important because of the public money at stake, but also because genuine open access allows research to be utilised by those outside the close confines of academia.

Shh! About Saving Libraries

Dave Clements | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Dave Clements

These rebranded community 'hubs' are teeming with activity that is hardly conducive to book-related endeavours at all. Between the parents with their gaggles of noisy kids, support groups and 'stalls' of all things, not to mention the so-called students getting on my bloody nerves chatting on their mobiles - God I sound old - libraries just aren't libraries any more.

Possibly The Most Overdue Library Book Of All Time

Posted 10.04.2013 | Home

There's honesty, and then there's madness. Quite where this story falls, we'll let you decide. A library in New York was shocked this month when a ...

Possibly The Most Overdue Library Book Of All Time

Posted 10.04.2013 | Home

There’s honesty, and then there’s madness. Quite where this story falls, we’ll let you decide. A library in New York was shocked this month w...

The Year's Most Borrowed Author Is...

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.04.2013 | Home

Publishing phenomenon James Patterson has tightened his stranglehold on UK libraries as the year's most borrowed author with the most popular title, n...

British Libraries Are Fighting Back! And It's Children Who Are Leading the Charge

Hilary Robinson | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Hilary Robinson

At last great news for libraries! And it's the children who are putting their giant stamp of authority on the matter. Not only are there six writers of children's books amongst the top ten most borrowed authors of 2011/12 but children's fictions titles were borrowed a staggering 81.8 million times over that period.