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

Hilary Olleson
Hamish Reid
Fiona Richardson
John Hewitt
Nigel Ainscoe
Charlotte Vivian
Ian Cutmore
Teresa Whysall
Holly Mills
Robert Ingram
David Roberts
fran rhoden
1,691 signatures

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  • Rachel Adams
    signed 2016-11-20 13:29:36 +0000
  • Hilary Olleson
    signed via 2016-11-20 13:03:35 +0000
  • Philip Toy
    signed 2016-11-20 12:43:24 +0000
  • Hamish Reid
    signed via 2016-11-20 12:25:30 +0000
  • Helen Sanderson
    signed 2016-11-20 12:06:31 +0000
  • Barry Cope
    signed via 2016-11-20 12:04:46 +0000
  • Katy Hamilton
    signed 2016-11-20 12:00:47 +0000
    I was a student in Nottingham for five years in the early 2000s, and the central library was a place I gradually came to love more and more. Part of its importance is its very centrality – if you move it elsewhere, it no longer sits at the heart of the city – which is absolutely where it belongs. I scoured the music section, read plays, sat there to work, talked to staff, used it to distribute leaflets about upcoming events. Now I’m doing professionally what I came to Nottingham to study: music. I live in Ipswich, and frequent the local library there too, which is also in a central, beautiful building with places to work and read and sit. To lose such precious resources is to take from so many people, who have so much to gain by the library’s placement, contents, staff and opportunities. Please – don’t do it.
  • Fiona Richardson
    signed 2016-11-20 11:55:14 +0000
  • Philip Olleson
    signed 2016-11-20 11:37:21 +0000
  • Ingrid Reid
    signed via 2016-11-20 11:30:19 +0000
  • Lesley Sanderson
    signed via 2016-11-20 10:46:28 +0000
  • diane lunzer
    signed 2016-11-20 10:22:44 +0000
  • John Hewitt
    signed 2016-11-20 10:16:56 +0000
  • Nigel Ainscoe
    signed 2016-11-20 10:04:08 +0000
  • Charlotte Vivian
    signed 2016-11-20 10:00:44 +0000
    Charlotte Vivian
  • Ian Cutmore
    signed 2016-11-20 08:42:21 +0000
  • Mary-Ann Collis
    signed 2016-11-20 07:34:59 +0000
    This is a disgrace. Not everyone has the IT equipment or finances available to access/afford books – let alone space in the home to keep them in. Further, the library is not just about books – it is a community resource that enables lonely or isolated people to be amongst others. This is crucial for mental well-being and health and, speaking as a psychologist who is witnessing NHS mental health resources being stripped to the bone, the library is crucial in this way as well. IT CANNOT BE CLOSED!
  • Teresa Whysall
    signed 2016-11-20 07:13:59 +0000
  • Holly Mills
    signed 2016-11-20 05:50:06 +0000
  • Jill Arnold
    signed 2016-11-20 00:25:38 +0000
  • Robert Ingram
    signed 2016-11-19 23:46:01 +0000
  • David Roberts
    signed via 2016-11-19 23:20:47 +0000
    How dare they close our library!
  • Lindsay Rose
    signed 2016-11-19 22:39:43 +0000
    The library is a very useful resource, especially for students. I often used to borrow short loan books from the library, which was very useful because I had use of the book for three weeks as opposed to six hours. The Local Studies Department and archival material was also very useful.
  • Simon Allen
    signed 2016-11-19 22:26:46 +0000
  • Lynne Marlow
    signed via 2016-11-19 21:54:50 +0000
  • Noah Bacon
    signed 2016-11-19 21:51:07 +0000
  • Caspia Baird
    signed 2016-11-19 21:51:06 +0000
    Caspia Baird
  • fran rhoden
    signed via 2016-11-19 21:27:24 +0000
  • J R
    signed via 2016-11-19 21:24:59 +0000
  • Soroya Cordery
    signed via 2016-11-19 21:21:01 +0000


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