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

1,691 signatures

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  • Helen Rodgers
    signed 2016-11-20 18:11:50 +0000
  • Ian McKeaveney
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-20 18:05:23 +0000
    Sign the petition: Save Nottingham Central Library
  • Ian McKeaveney
    @Ian_McKeaveney tweeted link to this page. 2016-11-20 18:05:21 +0000
  • Ian McKeaveney
    signed 2016-11-20 18:04:52 +0000
  • Bridie Corr
    signed via 2016-11-20 18:02:52 +0000
  • Neil Breward
    signed via 2016-11-20 17:52:09 +0000
    Stop this act of cultural vandalism!
  • Peter Urbacz
    signed 2016-11-20 17:50:22 +0000
  • Shona T
    signed 2016-11-20 17:49:18 +0000
  • Gill Sakelaropoulos
    signed 2016-11-20 17:40:40 +0000
  • Ken Brand
    signed via 2016-11-20 17:36:42 +0000
    Councillors are elected to serve the people, I have not heard of any attempt to inform the public that the building had been sold – at a price that was far too low. The money realised is not sufficient to build even a modest ‘state of the art’ library, particularly as the whole affair was to generate extra income for the Council. I agree with the reactions already presented. Another example of the Council shooting itself in the foot
  • Jill Walmsley
    signed 2016-11-20 17:32:49 +0000
  • Rachel Ainley
    signed 2016-11-20 17:16:18 +0000
  • Adam Stansfield
    signed 2016-11-20 17:16:09 +0000
  • Ivan Jacoby
    signed via 2016-11-20 17:15:59 +0000
    I am a library volunteer. I really enjoy the work I do and I feel that what we do does make a difference to people’s lives.


    The Council must be open about their intentions. this is part of the identity of Nottingham. How can we be a City of Literature and then close the main library.
  • elizabeth thomas
    signed via 2016-11-20 16:56:25 +0000
  • Sarah Lewthwaite
    signed 2016-11-20 16:51:28 +0000
  • Colin Nolan
    signed 2016-11-20 16:47:29 +0000
  • Stephen Butler
    signed 2016-11-20 16:46:51 +0000
  • John Birdsall
    signed via 2016-11-20 16:45:54 +0000
  • Irene Murray
    signed 2016-11-20 16:27:10 +0000
  • Kim Grant
    signed via 2016-11-20 16:21:48 +0000
  • Helen Gannaway
    signed via 2016-11-20 15:53:22 +0000
  • Daniel Salone
    signed 2016-11-20 15:30:27 +0000
  • \Patsy Brand
    signed via 2016-11-20 15:17:17 +0000
  • Thomas Martin
    signed 2016-11-20 14:42:09 +0000
  • Barry Rawlins
    signed 2016-11-20 14:40:46 +0000
  • Catherine Lee
    signed 2016-11-20 14:39:36 +0000
  • John Wycherley
    signed via 2016-11-20 14:32:06 +0000
  • James Whitby
    signed via 2016-11-20 14:21:15 +0000
  • Jane Bramley
    signed 2016-11-20 14:20:39 +0000

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