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

Rhys Herbert
Annie Rutter
Susan Griffiths
Caroline Keen
Steve Lawson
Clive Lamb
Brenda Clarkson
Graham Waters
Jules Dickinson
Liz Murray
Rebecca Knowles
Cliff Moughtin
Celeste-Marie Bernier
Lyndsey Sporton
Iain Hallett
Kevin Springthorpe
Pat Fletcher
Kevin Whyman
Paul Quadros
1,691 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Rhys Herbert
    signed 2016-11-23 17:37:15 +0000
  • Annie Rutter
    signed 2016-11-23 17:21:54 +0000
    As Cuban independence hero, Jose Marti once said, “to be cultured is to be free”. We won’t be letting go of anymore Nottingham libraries without a fight.
  • Susan Griffiths
    signed via 2016-11-23 16:26:47 +0000
  • Marion Houghton
    signed 2016-11-23 16:22:25 +0000
  • Thomas Pike
    signed 2016-11-23 15:54:10 +0000
  • Caroline Keen
    signed 2016-11-23 15:42:56 +0000
  • Steve Lawson
    signed 2016-11-23 13:09:54 +0000
  • Clive Lamb
    signed via 2016-11-23 11:45:33 +0000
  • Denise Howard
    signed 2016-11-23 10:49:55 +0000
  • Brenda Clarkson
    signed 2016-11-23 09:36:30 +0000
  • Graham Waters
    signed via 2016-11-23 08:13:06 +0000
  • Jules Dickinson
    signed 2016-11-23 06:55:48 +0000
  • Anthony Tootell
    signed 2016-11-22 23:24:02 +0000
  • Liz Murray
    signed 2016-11-22 23:03:55 +0000
  • Jane Rycroft
    signed 2016-11-22 22:42:41 +0000
  • David Goss
    signed 2016-11-22 22:24:00 +0000
    I visit this library and use it’s facilities together with my granddaughter who lives in Nottingham
  • Keeley Szowkomud
    signed 2016-11-22 22:15:23 +0000
  • Rebecca Knowles
    signed 2016-11-22 21:39:45 +0000
  • Cliff Moughtin
    signed via 2016-11-22 21:30:32 +0000
  • Celeste-Marie Bernier
    signed 2016-11-22 21:12:28 +0000
  • Lyndsey Sporton
    signed 2016-11-22 20:39:37 +0000
  • Sarah Goss
    signed 2016-11-22 20:36:08 +0000
    Sarah Goss
  • Iain Hallett
    signed 2016-11-22 20:29:37 +0000
  • Kevin Springthorpe
    signed via 2016-11-22 20:01:34 +0000
  • Pat Fletcher
    signed 2016-11-22 19:10:18 +0000
  • Kevin Whyman
    signed 2016-11-22 18:59:19 +0000
    Although i’ve signed the petition, i would feel much better if it was for the library to be left just as it is today.
  • Rita Beard
    signed 2016-11-22 18:26:24 +0000
  • Joanne Dawson
    signed via 2016-11-22 17:34:00 +0000
  • Robert Howard
    signed via 2016-11-22 17:18:03 +0000
    I do not live in the City Council’s area, but I did for 35 years until 2014 and remain a regular user of the Library’s Local Studies Library.
  • Paul Quadros
    signed 2016-11-22 16:33:55 +0000


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