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

Emma Foley
Sarah McIntyre
Adam Smith
Arron Sankey
Nathan Greenwood
Alenka Figa
Helen M
Elizabeth Cutts
Sarah Botting
Kelly Doonan
Rachel Quinney
Stefano Belli
Christopher Hickling
Tommy Mill
Barbara White
Susan Anderson
David Smith
1,691 signatures

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  • Emma Foley
    signed 2016-12-18 20:31:32 +0000
  • Emma Blyth
    signed 2016-12-18 19:18:27 +0000
  • Austin Ashwell
    signed 2016-12-18 19:02:02 +0000
    My love of literature would not have happened without library books.
  • Sarah McIntyre
    signed 2016-12-18 18:57:08 +0000
    Not everyone can afford to buy books! And children can go through more books than any parent wants to buy for them. Please keep this library open!
  • Paul Haworth
    signed 2016-12-18 18:33:12 +0000
    Paul Haworth
  • Phoebe McNeil
    signed 2016-12-18 18:21:53 +0000
  • Adam Smith
    signed 2016-12-18 18:01:36 +0000
  • Arron Sankey
    signed 2016-12-18 17:53:54 +0000
  • Nathan Greenwood
    signed 2016-12-18 17:53:23 +0000
    Nathan Greenwood
  • Alenka Figa
    signed 2016-12-18 04:39:22 +0000
  • Helen M
    signed 2016-12-16 22:18:57 +0000
  • Elizabeth Cutts
    signed via 2016-12-16 22:11:51 +0000
  • Sarah Botting
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  • Sarah Botting
    signed 2016-12-16 21:55:01 +0000
    Sarah Botting
  • Kelly Doonan
    signed 2016-12-16 21:20:30 +0000
    Kelly Doonan
  • Linda Martini
    signed 2016-12-16 20:40:39 +0000
  • Paul Sands
    signed 2016-12-16 19:57:41 +0000
    It is ridiculous that, after all the effort that went into winning the status for Nottingham as a City of Literature, the lynchpin of literature for the masses in a City is being treated such.
  • Rachel Quinney
    signed 2016-12-16 19:56:30 +0000
  • Stefano Belli
    signed 2016-12-15 15:02:23 +0000
  • adrian rutter
    signed 2016-12-15 02:18:57 +0000
    adrian rutter
  • Christopher Hickling
    signed 2016-12-14 14:29:03 +0000
    One of the best libraries in the UK to go for offices. Terrible news!
  • Tommy Mill
    signed 2016-12-14 11:26:25 +0000
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  • Barbara White
    signed 2016-12-11 15:17:44 +0000
    An ex resident of Nottingham who used the library.
  • Christopher Orr
    signed 2016-12-10 22:36:49 +0000
  • Robert Frost
    signed 2016-12-10 17:10:52 +0000
  • Matt Adlard
    signed 2016-12-10 13:51:23 +0000
    The library is a central point for one as a disabled user who uses it as a point to gain valuable social and personal expansion of ones limited activities as its easy to get to with public transport.
  • Richard Barber
    signed 2016-12-10 09:10:18 +0000
    How can we be a credible city of literature if we destroy our public library provision. Central library is at the heart of the city and needs to remain a treasured resource for the community.
  • Lorna Jaggard
    signed via 2016-12-10 07:34:30 +0000
  • Susan Anderson
    signed 2016-12-10 06:18:21 +0000
  • David Smith
    signed 2016-12-10 00:12:32 +0000


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