Love your libraries
A good public library service is at the heart of the community and UNISON wants to make sure it stays that way. Love Your Libraries is our long-running campaign to make sure that library services are protected and invested in so that local people and communities can enjoy and benefit from them now and in the future.
Love Your Libraries calls for local authorities to commit to:
- Adequate resources and funding for public library services, staff and premises
- Empowerment of staff and communities to shape services together
- Partnership working between libraries and council across the UK to share information and good practice
- Responsiveness to library users from all backgrounds
- Provision of staff training and professional development
Since the launch of the Love Your Libraries campaign UNISON has been dismayed to witness the growing threat to local services posed by the cuts to local government funding. Now more than ever we need people to love their libraries and people have heeded the call - as you can see from the numerous local campaigns happening around the UK by clicking here
(21/05/2012) A UNISON Wales delegation met the Welsh Government Minister with responsibility for Libraries, Huw Lewis on Thursday 17th May as part of the ongoing UNISONís Love Your Libraries campaign.
Report on UNISONís Inquiry held on 11 February 2010 to hear from users and supporters of the public library service and library staff.
Children's authors Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Alan Gibbons, and poet Roger McGough have all sent messages of support to the Love your Libraries campaign.
Roger McGough was unable to attend the Love Your Libraries event, but sent a poem which was read to delegates at the opening of the afternoon session.
Part of the Million Voices campaign
Nathalie Schorbon, library assistant
Libraries are really important places, and I get a great deal of satisfaction helping the public get the most out of the services we offer.