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

1,691 signatures

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  • Dave Porter
    signed 2016-12-09 19:34:10 +0000
    The library should be upgraded, not sold. The council don’t seem to have a plan in place anyway.
  • Rob Fisher
    signed 2016-12-09 19:15:06 +0000
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  • James White
    signed 2016-12-09 18:38:47 +0000
  • John Gamble
    signed 2016-12-09 18:14:39 +0000
    Please keep this important institution open
  • Andrew Woolley
    signed 2016-12-09 15:40:14 +0000
    The music collections, to my knowledge, are almost unrivalled in a public library outside of London. I want to know that these will be fully available to future generations. To destroy the library building in favour of what will doubtless be just another glass tower will be to destroy its soul.
  • Teika Bellamy
    signed 2016-12-09 13:32:05 +0000
    Please don’t put profits before people. Surely a UNESCO City of Literature is better than that.
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    signed 2016-12-08 21:05:14 +0000
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  • Neil Thomas
    signed 2016-12-08 19:57:43 +0000
    very disappointed that the council has not given sufficient time to fully consult the users of the library and taxpayers and come up with a clear plan for the new location. There are many vacant buildings and brownfield sites close to the city centre which can be developed as grade A office space. This looks to just be a cost cutting/cash generating scheme which will result in the loss of a key amenity.
  • Kathryn Read
    signed 2016-12-08 17:34:05 +0000
  • Vivien Purkiss
    signed 2016-12-08 15:42:33 +0000
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  • Benjamin Homer
    signed 2016-12-08 01:21:00 +0000
  • Lynne Barnett
    signed 2016-12-07 23:37:06 +0000
  • George Whittall-Weston
    signed 2016-12-07 19:35:48 +0000
    We absolutely cannot let this happen, it would be such a shame. Nottingham flourishes in its uniqueness as a city, and develops broad, creative minds that deserve access to the range of knowledge that these libraries provide.
  • Frederick Higton
    signed 2016-12-07 16:22:10 +0000
  • Fred Riley
    signed 2016-12-06 16:21:14 +0000
    I owe my education to free public libraries which I’ve used since childhood, and without which I’d be immensely poorer as a person. Libraries are essential, especially in the WWW age, as places of learning and community, especially for folk who can’t afford books.
  • Dominic Price
    signed 2016-12-06 13:41:03 +0000
  • Mike Wheeler
    signed 2016-12-05 18:24:10 +0000
  • Clare Stevens
    signed 2016-12-05 08:36:10 +0000
    We need to keep this valuable resource and not sell out to corporate interests. Last year Nottingham won prestigious City of Literature accreditation. What message does this short-sighted move send out to those interested in the city’s cultural contribution?
  • Jonathan Wickens
    signed via 2016-12-04 10:25:56 +0000
  • Fabienne Schiess
    signed 2016-12-04 07:22:38 +0000
  • Clare Lawson
    signed 2016-12-03 22:45:46 +0000
  • Philip Gorski
    signed 2016-12-03 15:34:41 +0000
  • Natalie Boardman
    signed 2016-12-03 13:02:12 +0000
  • Brian George
    signed 2016-12-01 19:53:55 +0000
    First I have heard of this proposed closure. Am contacting my MP.
  • Joanne Collie
    signed via 2016-12-01 19:19:21 +0000
  • Belinda Davidson
    signed 2016-12-01 17:26:45 +0000
  • Pippa MacKeith
    signed 2016-12-01 15:09:43 +0000
  • carole rockley
    signed 2016-12-01 14:51:30 +0000
  • Karen Barker
    signed via 2016-12-01 13:32:48 +0000
  • Ailish D'Arcy
    signed 2016-12-01 12:38:36 +0000


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