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

Nicholas Cairns
Nigel King
Eleanor Jennings
John Cook
Jake Broughton
Aidan Kirk
adam stackhouse
Richard Brierley
zoe eggleton
Susan Cockcroft
benjamin michna
1,691 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Nicholas Cairns
    signed via 2016-11-22 16:21:23 +0000
  • Nigel King
    signed 2016-11-22 16:14:08 +0000
  • Eleanor Jennings
    signed via 2016-11-22 16:00:49 +0000
  • Rebecca Barker-McLean
    signed 2016-11-22 15:57:38 +0000
  • Jo Birchmore
    signed via 2016-11-22 14:16:01 +0000
    Joanna Birchmore
  • Joseph Kelly
    signed 2016-11-22 14:01:11 +0000
    Don’t shut a learning resource you muppets!!!!!
  • Kelly Jeffrey
    signed 2016-11-22 13:43:30 +0000
    Libraries are an absolute essential part of society, especially as a city of literature. Does the council believe that title will last when we no longer have a free to use city centre library?
  • Amanda Tatton
    signed 2016-11-22 13:33:44 +0000
  • John Cook
    signed 2016-11-22 12:46:28 +0000
  • Cath Sutherland
    signed 2016-11-22 12:45:44 +0000
    People who don’t have a lot of money really depend on libraries as a place to study, to use computers, to get books for all ages including for children, and to get information. It is a blow to our ‘caring civil society’ to close libraries. Losing Nottingham Library will be a very sad day for the city.
  • Karen Stainer
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-22 12:21:10 +0000
    Sign the petition: Save Nottingham Central Library
  • Jake Broughton
    signed 2016-11-22 10:36:13 +0000
  • Armand Hemsley
    signed 2016-11-22 10:31:20 +0000
  • Christopher Walker
    signed via 2016-11-22 10:05:54 +0000
    Nottingham needs an exceptional central library.
  • Jan
    signed 2016-11-22 09:36:18 +0000
  • Aidan Kirk
    signed 2016-11-22 09:34:50 +0000
  • adam stackhouse
    signed 2016-11-22 08:49:26 +0000
  • Joe Wainwright
    signed 2016-11-22 08:34:46 +0000
  • Jonathan Smith
    signed 2016-11-22 08:33:42 +0000
    Citizens have a right to continue to benefit from subsidised access to knowledge.
  • John Daniels
    signed 2016-11-22 07:25:19 +0000
  • Howard Broughton
    signed via 2016-11-22 06:35:23 +0000
  • Richard Brierley
    signed 2016-11-22 00:59:41 +0000
  • zoe eggleton
    signed via 2016-11-21 23:37:23 +0000
    Zoe Eggleton
  • Susan Cockcroft
    signed 2016-11-21 23:01:55 +0000
  • Esther Martens
    signed 2016-11-21 22:53:54 +0000
    Please don’t allow cultural institutions to be liquidated overnight. This hurts humanity as a whole!
  • Natalie Hancock
    signed 2016-11-21 22:39:15 +0000
  • Ben Boris
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-21 22:20:02 +0000
    Sign the petition: Save Nottingham Central Library
  • Ben Boris
    @oojamaflipper tweeted link to this page. 2016-11-21 22:20:00 +0000
  • benjamin michna
    signed 2016-11-21 22:19:04 +0000
  • Fiona Broome
    signed via 2016-11-21 22:17:53 +0000


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