UK Libraries

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

Olly MacNamee | Posted 14.07.2014 | 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 w...

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 ...

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.

How Can We Get Children Reading?

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 30.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jonathan Douglas

In recent years, children's reading across all formats from books and magazines to websites has dropped significantly. Our research published last September revealed that only three young people in 10 read daily in their own time, compared with four young people in 10 in 2005.

Volunteers Cannot Continue Being Used as Sticking Plasters in the Library Service

Ruth Bond | Posted 24.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ruth Bond

As the demand for volunteers grows, we must look at what can be realistically expected of our volunteers. People volunteer for a wide range of reasons; they might care passionately about a cause, it might be the sense of affirmation that they get, others might volunteer in order to gain new experiences or to meet new people.

Pole Dancing Lessons To Be Offered At Local Library

Posted 23.03.2013 | Home

Council bosses in Scotland have devised a series of news ways to attract people to public libraries: including offering free pole-dancing lessons. ...

Ten Commandments Go Digital

PA | Posted 10.02.2013 | Home

Digital versions of some of the most significant religious manuscripts in the world - including a 2,000-year-old copy of the Ten Commandments - have b...

Ten Commandments Go Digital

PA | Posted 10.02.2013 | Home

Digital versions of some of the most significant religious manuscripts in the world - including a 2,000-year-old copy of the Ten Commandments - have b...

Future Of Libraries 'Drastic' Says Union

PA | Posted 12.11.2012 | Home

The future of libraries in the UK is in jeopardy because of "drastic" cuts and the "looming threat" of privatisation, a leading union warned today. ...

Word Up

PA | Posted 28.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Campaigners will call on the Government tomorrow to ensure that every child has access to a good school library. They are raising concerns that whi...

We Cannot Risk Losing Entire Generations of Readers to Film and Social Media

Tim Coates | Posted 10.12.2012 | Home
Tim Coates

Today at a speech to Frankfurt Book Fair I issued a stark warning to libraries and the publishing industry, telling them that they risk losing entire generations of readers to film and social media by limiting the use of ebooks in libraries

Library Matters: if it's not Broke Don't Fix It

Hilary Robinson | Posted 08.12.2012 | Home
Hilary Robinson

The jury may still be out on the future of ebooks v tree books and the world of publishing is facing its biggest challenges ever but the government has now waded in on whether to transfer the administration of the annual lifeline for many writers, the PLR cheque, to another body - and, as I write, we are awaiting the verdict.

Queen Opens New Library Housing A Million Books And Rare Manuscripts

PA | Posted 24.11.2012 | Home

The Queen has officially opened a new university library which houses more than a million books and collections of rare manuscripts. A crowd of stu...

HuffPost Meets Shadow Culture Minister Dan Jarvis..

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 21.04.2012 | UK Politics

Fierce thunderstorms are rolling over Westminster on the afternoon I meet Dan Jarvis; so I arrive at his office late, and slightly wet. Jarvis says i...