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

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  • Edward Dingwall
    signed 2016-11-24 22:16:14 +0000
  • ammie thorne
    signed via 2016-11-24 22:06:51 +0000
    ammie thorne
  • Anna Read
    signed 2016-11-24 20:11:57 +0000
  • Emily Sprigg
    signed 2016-11-24 19:45:21 +0000
    Don’t let this invaluable service become uncertain.
  • Sam Maxfield
    signed 2016-11-24 19:01:40 +0000
    Sam Maxfield
  • Ryan Chadwick
    signed via 2016-11-24 16:42:09 +0000
  • Hilary Hare Duke
    signed 2016-11-24 14:18:49 +0000
  • Judith Verreschi
    signed 2016-11-24 13:49:21 +0000
  • Andrew Jadowski
    signed 2016-11-24 12:55:22 +0000
    Andrew Jadowski
  • Michael Howard
    signed 2016-11-24 11:05:20 +0000
  • kate bartholomew
    signed 2016-11-24 10:10:39 +0000
  • Sarah Sewell
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-24 09:31:13 +0000
    Please Sign the petition: Save Nottingham Central Library
  • Sarah Sewell
    @WildgooseDesign tweeted link to this page. 2016-11-24 09:31:11 +0000
    Please Sign the petition: Save Nottingham Central Library http://www.nottspeoplesassembly.org/savethecentrallibrary?recruiter_id=9286
  • Sarah Sewell
    signed 2016-11-24 09:27:42 +0000
    How can this even happen?! Nottingham central Library needs to stay!
  • Gary Heywood-Everett
    signed 2016-11-24 08:47:55 +0000
  • Karen Winfield
    signed 2016-11-24 08:04:36 +0000
  • Dan Layton
    signed 2016-11-24 00:21:00 +0000
  • Anonymous
    signed 2016-11-23 23:47:18 +0000
  • Tara East
    signed 2016-11-23 23:41:40 +0000
  • Lynda Page
    signed 2016-11-23 23:26:01 +0000
    Saving money by closing small library’s is understandable in these economic climates, but even contemplating shutting down a great City’s central library is utterly criminal.
  • Julie Rhodes
    signed 2016-11-23 22:46:51 +0000
  • Lindsey Smith
    signed 2016-11-23 21:18:44 +0000
  • Nicola Bowring
    signed 2016-11-23 21:07:44 +0000
    I work at Nottingham Trent University and use the library for local research, as well as having attended events there. It’s a great resource in a good location, it would be a real loss if it closed.
  • Georgina Phillips
    signed 2016-11-23 20:38:51 +0000
  • Hannah Baguley
    signed via 2016-11-23 19:14:23 +0000
  • Tom Berry
    signed 2016-11-23 19:05:17 +0000
    Tom Berry
  • Gail Squires
    signed 2016-11-23 18:56:03 +0000
    Gail Squires
  • Rhys Herbert
    signed 2016-11-23 17:37:15 +0000
  • Annie Rutter
    signed 2016-11-23 17:21:54 +0000
    As Cuban independence hero, Jose Marti once said, “to be cultured is to be free”. We won’t be letting go of anymore Nottingham libraries without a fight.
  • Susan Griffiths
    signed via 2016-11-23 16:26:47 +0000

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