I’ve added a new page to my blog today Public Libraries – Reports (see menu bar above) to collate the various reports, reviews and research relating to public libraries in the UK since 2010. I’ve chosen 2010 as the cut-off as given the rate of change since then anything previous is basically superfluous.
Obviously 2010 was the start of the austerity programme and the subsequent wide-scale cutbacks in the public sector, with local authorities being hit particularly hard.
During this period public libraries have undergone and continue to undergo rapid change, some good but much bad, with large scale reductions in funding, staffing and resources, as well as closures and handing over services to volunteers. Equally, there has been many reports and reviews about libraries from such diverse organisations as the DCMS, Unison, and the Women’s Institute.
I hope the page is useful and please feel free to send me links to any relevant reports etc for inclusion.