Save Nottingham Central Library

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Nottingham City Council has announced that it will sell the building on Angel Row that currently houses our Central Library. The property will be sold to a private developer who will turn it into office space.

Our city has been home to many great writers. Many wonderful writers live here today. Nottingham was recently named a UNESCO City of Literature in recognition of our past and present contributions. Yet during the week of the city’s ‘Festival of Literature’, the council made the decision to sell the Central Library without confirming whether or not the service will be continued elsewhere in the city centre. It is as yet unclear how widely the council consulted on these plans before making a decision. This is an alarming situation.

This is not just about famous writers past and present. It’s about the people who use the Central Library today and those who will use it in the future. This is about saving a library from an uncertain future.

Our fear is that a lack of clarity about the future of our library indicates a lack of clarity on the part of the council about whether or not such a service is needed. We say that our libraries are precious institutions and that we will campaign to keep a central library open.

This petition calls on the council leadership to clearly state that a central library will be retained and that there will not be a long period of interruption to the service. Additionally, we ask for confirmation that:

• no library staff will face redundancy;
• Local History and Archival material will remain easily accessible;
• library stocks will not be diminished;
• a programme of investment and renewal will be put in place.

Most importantly, we ask that regular library users are closely consulted on any and all future plans.

Who's signing

1,686 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Susan Bailey
    signed 2016-11-30 19:30:09 +0000
  • Peter Dingwall
    signed 2016-11-30 18:43:42 +0000
  • Judy Lunn
    signed via 2016-11-30 16:50:27 +0000
  • Wendy Minney
    signed 2016-11-30 11:27:11 +0000
    Books are the solid foundation of any civilization. E-reading is as good/bad as your internet connection.
  • Rita Lacerda
    signed 2016-11-29 22:37:23 +0000
    Libraries belong to the public, the council is just its carer, not its owner!
  • Paul Newham
    signed 2016-11-29 20:02:17 +0000
    “The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us.”

    ― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
  • Peter Zakarian-Ball
    signed via 2016-11-29 13:56:54 +0000
    I have used this library many times and has been an invaluable source of information in my research
  • Maria Saywell
    signed 2016-11-29 11:59:23 +0000
    The Central Library is a vital community service. In its present form it is not fit for purpose. I sincerely hope that the Council really invest time and money into maintaining this important local amenity.
  • Zoe Billyeald
    signed 2016-11-29 11:39:56 +0000
  • Aimee Wilkinson
    signed via 2016-11-29 11:15:00 +0000
  • Agnes Flues
    signed 2016-11-29 10:09:15 +0000
  • Joanne Larner
    signed 2016-11-29 00:05:46 +0000
  • Laverne Wilks
    signed 2016-11-28 23:18:14 +0000
  • Annette Scriven
    signed 2016-11-28 22:57:01 +0000
  • Sue Cooper
    signed 2016-11-28 22:21:17 +0000
  • Oakley Foster-Thorpe
    signed 2016-11-28 22:20:27 +0000
    Destroying Libraries Is Dreadful
  • De-Anna Lawrence
    signed 2016-11-28 22:10:34 +0000
  • Tonya Tighe
    signed 2016-11-28 22:09:32 +0000
    T Tighe
  • Shula Harris
    signed 2016-11-28 19:18:41 +0000
  • Anne Darby
    signed via 2016-11-28 18:27:05 +0000
    I was in the Angel Row library one day when the fire alarm went off. I could not believe how many people came out of that building: so many young people engaged with active study and others also using the resources. Where are they all going to get the support and be encouraged to participate in active reading if they are not working during the day? There are so many complaints of people not using their time productively and yet when people do, the rug is pulled from underneath them. Where are all the books (and other resources) going to go and also be readily available?

    And what about the Contact point within the Angel Row library building? It was moved from the newly refurbished building next to the Guildhall in Burton Street when the site was sold to E.on
  • Richard Stevens
    signed via 2016-11-28 16:37:51 +0000
  • louise wilding
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-28 13:00:16 +0000
    Sign the petition: Save Nottingham Central Library
  • louise wilding
    @louwilding tweeted link to this page. 2016-11-28 13:00:14 +0000
  • louise wilding
    signed 2016-11-28 12:53:14 +0000
    I cannot put into words how sad it is that this petition even needs to be in existence. Libraries are such an important way for all to have access to knowledge
  • Victoria Meakin
    signed 2016-11-28 09:38:28 +0000
  • dave Bevan
    signed 2016-11-28 08:35:35 +0000
  • Anurupa Mitra Chowdhury
    signed 2016-11-28 01:15:29 +0000
  • Manya Benenson
    signed 2016-11-27 22:36:57 +0000
  • Jane Henson
    signed 2016-11-27 22:21:00 +0000
    This library had always been a most important place in the city for people of all ages. It is an essential place for education, culture and learning for the whole community.
  • Alba Colomo
    signed 2016-11-27 22:20:28 +0000

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