Restore our libraries event: Saturday 7th April 2018. Library of Birmingham 1.30-3.30.


This was a very successful event, with people queuing up to sign our call for last year’s library budget to be restored, which will enable the city libraries to open for decent hours each week. Comments focused on how illogical it is for the amazing new library to be closed on Sundays and most evenings. Local libraries are only open for a few days a week, in many cases. The public we spoke to need open libraries to study, read and seek advice.

The main aim of the event, held outside The Library of Birmingham, was to remind all the candidates in the May Birmingham C​​ity Council elections that the strong public support for our libraries​,​ demonstrated in our campaigning over the past 3-4 years​,​ is still there. Birmingham does not accept that the cuts to LOB and the community libraries should be permanent and that we should move on to next business.

At the event there was a mix of entertainment and discussion about the future of our libraries, including:

i) musicians
ii) short speeches plus open mic
iii) talking to library users about the campaign and asking them to distribute our statement to family, friends, colleagues and within their communities

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