No More Need For Dr Google - How Your Library Can Support Your Health

Sue Wilkinson | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Wilkinson

If I were to go out onto the streets today and ask passers-by where they go for support and information on their health I'm sure I'd get many of the same answers: the GP, the walk in centre, the infamous Dr Google. They might not, however, say the library; they are not, for many people, synonymous with health and wellbeing, but they should be.

Where Hope Is Hidden For Our Children's Future

Rebecca Gurnham | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Parents
Rebecca Gurnham

This isn't the place to recount all the terrifying new policies, or comment on the potential disastrous consequences. Instead, I want to invite you into a new world with a glimmer of hope, hidden away in your local library, or children's school.

Unpacking My Library In 2016 - Part I

Karthick Ram Manoharan | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Karthick Ram Manoharan

"The fact is, for the book-collector the true freedom of all books is somewhere on his shelves." -Walter Benjamin Academics are plagued with an irre...

Liverpool's Amazing Library

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

The young lives which were cut so tragically short. The communities that were decimated. The partners, friends and families of loved ones, dead and buried, who were left to fight on against a legacy of fear, hatred and discrimination. Those who survived to recall the horror days.

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...

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.

Nicky Morgan And David Walliams Announce Plans To Enrol Every Child At A Library

PA | Posted 19.08.2016 | UK Parents

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has said every eight-year-old child in England will be enrolled at their local library in a Government bid to improve...

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.

Keeping Business Overheads Low With the Help from Public Libraries

Stephen Fear | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Stephen Fear

For newly launched businesses, keeping control of finances is a necessity and those that act nonchalantly about expenses will often pay the price later down the line. Many start ups fall into the mistake of taking on too many overheads...

But What If Español Didn't Like Me At First?

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

When first presented the options of continuing to study Chinese at the native speaker's level or starting to speak a completely new language at the start of one of the most rigorous secondary school education curriculums, I adamantly chose the latter option... I wished to challenge myself and build a stronger character.

Walter Benjamin and How I Learnt to Love My Library

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK
Ioan Marc Jones

Benjamin remembers some of the books he has collected over the years. He recalls ordering books from catalogues - which are essentially the Amazon of the first half of the twentieth century - and waiting eagerly for their arrival.

Always Look On The Bright Side: 8 Upshots To Today's Strike

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK

Today's strike sees hundreds of thousands of people from across the public sector walk out in protest over their terms and conditions. Schools ...

Pay the Writer

Sara Sheridan | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sara Sheridan

A lot of writers don't only earn less than the national average wage, they earn far less than the minimum wage. I'm not talking about writers who are unpublished or indeed, failed by any measure - I'm talking about people whose books have been taken on by bona fide publishers and whose work is building a steady, if not bestselling following.

78,000 Library Books Torched By Islamists

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Ancient books in a historic library in the Lebanese city of Tripoli have been torched by Islamist, after a pamphlet purportedly insulting religion was...

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...

MPs' Book Requests Include 'Duplicity And Deception' And Vicky Pryce's Greekeconomics

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Politics

Politicians' secret reading lists have been revealed in book requests made to the House of Commons Library, including 'Greekonomics' by Vicky Pryce, o...

Can Erotic Fiction Save Our Libraries?

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK Entertainment

A rare bit of good news for the nation's beleaguered local libraries: erotic fiction is being credited with a boom in e-book loans. Surrey County C...

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.

'A Pile of Bricks'

Wendy Davis | Posted 19.01.2013 | Home
Wendy Davis

Can London Metropolitan University reasonably claim that they own the Women's Library? Perhaps this is why the bidding process was so rushed and so secretive. We know that all the other bidders withdrew for various reasons, including a 'moving of goalposts' leaving only one 'bidder'; the London School of Economics.

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. ...

As Summer Finally Shows Up

Jamie Andrews | Posted 29.09.2012 | Home
Jamie Andrews

Summer finally shows up, London blazes under cloudless skies, and so what better time to evoke the enveloping embrace of that classic 'pea souper', the London fog?

A Sumptuous Afternoon Tea at The Soho Hotel

Akeela Bhattay | Posted 22.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Akeela Bhattay

As afternoon teas go, I've had some truly horrendous experiences, some especially wonderful experiences and some in between; afternoon tea at The Soho Hotel, was charmingly decadent and very much a wonderful experience.

Library Lads On Tour: Oxford Students Put The 'Test' In Testosterone

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 18.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Opportunities to be a true 'lad' are thin on the ground during exam season, with revision and textbooks an albatross to the rough and tumble of the la...

£70,000 Spent On Library Battle

PA | Posted 25.03.2012 | Home

A council that had its library restructuring plans quashed in the High Court spent more than £70,000 fighting the judicial review. Somerset County...