Philip Pullman and Julia Donaldson are among the children’s authors who are joining a new campaign that aims to fight the closure of up to 600 of the UK’s libraries.
The UK currently has around 4,600 libraries (including mobile units) and more than 10% of them are believed to be under threat. The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) estimates that the closures in 2011 will be nothing compared to the closures planned for next year.
Campaigners say that the UK government is doing little or nothing to deal with the urgent need to safeguard the nation’s libraries. And Philip Pullman says that it’s children who will really suffer if funding cuts mean hundreds of libraries are forced to close.