Campaign for the Book - National Lobby of Parliament and Rally - March 13th
Lobby your MP on 13 March
During the lobby of Parliament, on 13 March, we want local library users, campaigners and staff to help us highlight the importance of libraries in providing access to learning and as a vital lifeline for many communities.
Library services have borne the considerable brunt of public spending cuts since the Coalition government took office in 2010. Of the 4,612 libraries in the UK, an estimated 10% are currently either closed or under threat of closure. The number of paid staff in libraries has fallen by 4% over the past year, whilst the number of volunteers has increased by 22%.
Local campaigns are happening all over the UK to counter threats to library services, but at the lobby we will join together to send a clear message to MPs. Public libraries and staff have a long and proud tradition of providing open access to information and promoting literacy, and during times of recession they are more vital than ever.
We are calling on MPs to take action to ensure library services are sustained and developed into the 21st century. Join the rally and lobby:
1. Come and attend the rally and hear high profile speakers, entertainment and films all telling the same story - libraries are a valued and vital resource.
2. Visit the 'pop up' library and see for yourself the many faces a modern library.
3. Arrange to meet with your MP and tell them now is the time to act to protect libraries. Email your MP to arrange to meet them.
4. Support the campaign, and let us know if you are coming to the lobby.
The rally will take place from 11.30am at Central Hall Westminster, Storey's Gate, Westminster, London SW1H 9NH. The lobby of Parliament will start at 2.30pm.
More here: http://www.speakupforlibraries.org http://www.facebook.com/pages/Speak-Up-For-Libraries/346716692029129