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

Rebecca Lee
graham lee
Raquel Ezcurra
Robert Pinder
Gavin Kerr
Matthias Kispert
Viv Apple
Louise Angell
Loreena Hamilton
Carol Bevitt
Emma Finch
Chistine Trivett
1,691 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Rebecca Lee
    signed 2016-11-21 00:12:45 +0000
  • Lia Palermo
    signed 2016-11-20 23:35:56 +0000
  • graham lee
    signed via 2016-11-20 23:22:35 +0000
  • Janet Thompson
    signed 2016-11-20 23:20:08 +0000
  • Andrew Knight
    signed 2016-11-20 22:27:51 +0000
    The music library alone is a hugely precious resource, useful in many musical and social activities. We need our libraries, to help us be good citizens, and to help our society to cohere and prosper.
  • Neana Lawson
    signed 2016-11-20 22:14:01 +0000
    I was in the library once when the fire alarm went off. The number of people who left the building was incredible. This shows how well used Angel Row is. The facility must be replaced to continue to encourage local people in study and learning.
  • Gareth Evans
    signed 2016-11-20 21:55:34 +0000
  • Jon Marsden
    signed 2016-11-20 21:54:54 +0000
  • Raquel Ezcurra
    signed 2016-11-20 21:48:44 +0000
  • David Hart
    signed 2016-11-20 21:48:20 +0000
  • Robert Pinder
    signed 2016-11-20 21:43:06 +0000
  • Roberta Prime
    signed via 2016-11-20 21:35:41 +0000
  • Gavin Kerr
    signed via 2016-11-20 21:28:32 +0000
  • Matthias Kispert
    signed 2016-11-20 21:07:03 +0000
  • Viv Apple
    signed 2016-11-20 21:06:15 +0000
  • Louise Angell
    signed 2016-11-20 20:55:20 +0000
  • Safiya O'Donnnell
    signed 2016-11-20 20:42:15 +0000
  • Rose Norman
    signed 2016-11-20 20:32:21 +0000
  • Loreena Hamilton
    signed 2016-11-20 19:52:13 +0000
    Insane that the central library could even come into question
  • Becky Beinart
    signed 2016-11-20 19:35:01 +0000
  • Sophie Gargett
    signed 2016-11-20 19:34:21 +0000
  • Carol Bevitt
    signed 2016-11-20 19:32:41 +0000
  • Diane Horsley
    signed 2016-11-20 19:25:19 +0000
  • Emma Finch
    signed 2016-11-20 19:21:18 +0000
  • Helen Hallows
    signed 2016-11-20 19:17:36 +0000
  • Susan Riley
    @SootyC tweeted link to this page. 2016-11-20 19:08:41 +0000
  • Susan Riley
    signed 2016-11-20 19:07:10 +0000
  • Chistine Trivett
    signed via 2016-11-20 18:34:54 +0000
  • sandra Cunningham
    signed via 2016-11-20 18:22:13 +0000
  • Helen Pike
    signed 2016-11-20 18:21:56 +0000


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