The Bookseller’s campaign ‘Fight For Libraries’ provides a focal point for campaigners, librarians and the rest of the trade to defend libraries.
The manifesto reads…
We are fighting for public libraries because they form an essential seed-bed for the wider reading culture of the nation, a culture from which the whole of society benefits.
Libraries seed communities with books and ideas in a way which is irreplaceable. They provide books to people who wouldn’t otherwise see or afford them, the youngest in society, the oldest, and …people on low incomes. They also provide free internet access to the 27% of the population who still aren’t online at home.
Libraries are also a forum where authors and readers can come together in a neutral, unbiased space – free from commercial pressures.
Most importantly they are curated by professional librarians who provide expert guidance for readers, helping people find the books and information they need, again free from commercial considerations.
Readers, reading and the values imparted are essential to any civilised society – indeed it seems impossible to conceive a civilisation without libraries.
We oppose the arbitrary, disproportionate and wantonly destructive nature of the cuts to the national library service now underway, and we will do everything we can to mobilise the entire book world in libraries’ defence.
You can show your support and get involved by heading over to the Fight for Libraries Facebook page where you can also read the demands in full. By hitting ‘like’ you can then post your campaign links, news & views and do your bit towards the fight to save our libraries.
You can also follow the debate on Twitter @fight4libraries