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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  • Manya Benenson
    signed 2016-11-27 22:36:57 +0000
  • Jane Henson
    signed 2016-11-27 22:21:00 +0000
    This library had always been a most important place in the city for people of all ages. It is an essential place for education, culture and learning for the whole community.
  • Alba Colomo
    signed 2016-11-27 22:20:28 +0000
  • Emma Dewinton
    signed via 2016-11-27 21:48:17 +0000
    With local libraries closing and cutting back, it’s essential to have a central library can be accessed in one bus journey – where else will this be? Central line greatest popular not just for loans of materials and books groups!
  • Sally Williams
    signed 2016-11-27 21:37:51 +0000
  • Angela Mccormack
    signed 2016-11-27 21:13:53 +0000
  • Sarah Newham
    signed 2016-11-27 20:46:50 +0000
    My ancestor’s the Newhams very likely came from Nottingham. Am disgusted to hear that the central library there is to be closed.
  • Cat Morphew
    signed 2016-11-27 19:55:22 +0000
  • Jason McCormack
    signed 2016-11-27 19:19:48 +0000
    With the greatest respect (and speaking as someone who worked at NCL from 2008-2014), I think this petition could have been a lot more focussed in clarifying the importance of Nottingham Central Library . It goes without saying that Nottingham CL or any Library for that matter is about literature, but a modern Library Service (which NCL is apart from the bricks and mortar that currently house it) is books and much more. NCL is a community hub, a place where people go for advice and to learn from their peers, a place to bring your children at the weekends, a place where you can get connected to the world for free and meet people from different cultures and backgrounds. Libraries without literature is like fish without chips, but the potential threat to the future of NCL puts much much more than literature at risk.
  • Sonia Dimmock
    signed 2016-11-27 18:54:12 +0000
  • Andrea Willers
    signed 2016-11-27 18:15:25 +0000
  • Chris Smart
    signed 2016-11-27 17:31:10 +0000
  • Sue Amos
    signed via 2016-11-27 08:51:45 +0000
  • Angelica Sule
    signed 2016-11-27 00:31:08 +0000
  • Karen Seymour
    signed via 2016-11-26 23:05:32 +0000
    A Labour council is carrying out Tory cuts! It should be standing up to the government, setting a 1-year needs budget using reserves and responsible borrowing powers, and building a nationwide campaign against austerity. Jeremy Corbyn should also be demanding that Labour councils do not carry out Tory austerity. We cannot wait until 2020!
  • Shlomo Dowen
    signed via 2016-11-26 21:12:16 +0000
  • Elizabeth Mann
    signed 2016-11-26 17:10:22 +0000
    Elizabeth Mann
  • Else Panayi
    signed 2016-11-26 16:57:07 +0000
  • Paul Martin
    signed via 2016-11-26 13:04:37 +0000
  • Meirion Williams
    signed via 2016-11-26 12:05:26 +0000
    I use Central Library to get rare books.
  • Christopher Neil
    signed 2016-11-26 09:59:24 +0000
    Libraries are an important part of the Community and an essential part of wellbeing for many people.
  • Tanya Shaw
    signed via 2016-11-26 07:51:22 +0000
  • Sue Hampton
    signed via 2016-11-26 07:44:04 +0000
    As a lifelong reader now an author I’m the living proof of the power of stories to change lives and believe books should be available to all in a vibrant, creative community space.
  • Paul Frost
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-26 07:25:59 +0000
    Sign the petition: Save Nottingham Central Library
  • Paul Frost
    signed 2016-11-26 07:24:52 +0000
  • Leslie Davey
    signed via 2016-11-25 20:31:40 +0000
    I thnk iotisdisgraiful demosishing a lovely Victorian buildingl ike that
  • John Read
    signed via 2016-11-25 19:55:06 +0000
  • Rosie Kemp
    signed via 2016-11-25 17:31:49 +0000
  • Adele Williams
    signed 2016-11-25 14:44:56 +0000
  • Judith Daniels
    signed via 2016-11-25 12:44:48 +0000


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