Save Nottingham Central Library


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

Tony Claassen
Paul Spicer
Will Newman
Jennie Searle
Jennifer Gannaway
Libby Grimshaw
Nina Scaife
Marion Smedley
Katerina Skarbinec
karen hanley
Melissa Cockman
Christopher Gray
1,691 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Michael Price
    signed via 2016-11-21 12:33:09 +0000
  • Roy Smith
    signed 2016-11-21 12:23:53 +0000
  • Tony Claassen
    signed 2016-11-21 12:06:36 +0000
  • Paul Spicer
    signed 2016-11-21 11:50:43 +0000
  • Will Newman
    signed 2016-11-21 11:50:14 +0000
    “Without a library we have no past, present or future” Ray Bradbury
  • Michael Cleary
    signed 2016-11-21 11:43:01 +0000
  • Ian Cumberland
    signed 2016-11-21 11:32:40 +0000
  • Cathy Grindrod
    signed 2016-11-21 11:26:08 +0000
  • Jennie Searle
    signed via 2016-11-21 11:07:12 +0000
  • Fiona Linday
    signed 2016-11-21 11:06:14 +0000
    Fiona Linday is a writer who was born in Nottingham and is worried that this essential library service will be threatened when the council no longer own the building.
  • Annette Waterfield
    signed 2016-11-21 10:44:49 +0000
    Not only a communication resource but a safe warm space used by the cities vulnerable people.
  • Roy Bainton
    signed via 2016-11-21 10:40:52 +0000
    A staggeringly insensitive -, ill-conceived decision considering Nottingham’s literary status. As the western world ‘dumbs down’, are we condemned to join its Philistine leader in a love of real estate?
  • Mark Shotter
    signed via 2016-11-21 10:39:52 +0000
  • Jennifer Gannaway
    signed via 2016-11-21 10:33:58 +0000
  • Jess McDonald
    signed 2016-11-21 10:24:06 +0000
  • Libby Grimshaw
    signed via 2016-11-21 10:20:31 +0000
  • Mareike Maschke
    signed via 2016-11-21 10:16:15 +0000
  • Nina Scaife
    signed via 2016-11-21 10:07:00 +0000
  • Katie Pert
    signed 2016-11-21 09:14:48 +0000
  • Zanna mitchell
    signed 2016-11-21 09:07:53 +0000
  • Hilary Wellington
    signed 2016-11-21 09:00:44 +0000
  • Marion Smedley
    signed 2016-11-21 08:59:19 +0000
  • Richard Eddleston
    signed 2016-11-21 08:41:14 +0000
    Richard Eddleston
  • Katerina Skarbinec
    signed 2016-11-21 08:36:47 +0000
    I think the last thing this city’s new generation needs is to learn that it’s okay to sacrifice creativity, education, and experience. That history, culture and learning is not important. These are the problems of our time, and it’s astonishing that no one has thought to do something about that rather than destroy a perfectly good and useful centre of human learning.
  • Debbie Webster
    signed 2016-11-21 08:28:12 +0000
  • Ann Parker
    signed via 2016-11-21 08:02:07 +0000
    I am appalled at this decision . Please provide another suitable and central building if the resent one has to go
  • karen hanley
    signed 2016-11-21 07:45:07 +0000
    libraries are vital community spaces for learning, culture, entertainment, tourism – Nottingham needs a Central Library for the City and it’s proud literary heritage
  • Sarah Waites
    signed via 2016-11-21 07:30:23 +0000
    It would be a tragedy if the library closed leaving a sterile hole in the city centre
  • Melissa Cockman
    signed via 2016-11-21 07:28:42 +0000
  • Christopher Gray
    signed 2016-11-21 00:31:01 +0000
    Libraries are, have been and always will be important. Keep literature, ideas and thinking flowing. Libraries help educate throughout life.


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