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Another village campaigns to save library

More than 1,200 people in Capel St Mary (population 2,900) have signed a petition to save their library. And on Saturday 150 of them turned out for a rally in support of the library which also serves the surrounding area of Suffolk.

Parish councillor John Sturgeon told the East Anglian Daily Times: “It is not just a library. If we lose the library we lose the heart of the village.” Their aim to get the county council to change its mind and continue to run the library but they are working on other plans if “the worst is to happen”.

 

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    Library campaigners plan court action over closures

    Culture ministers accused of flouting legal duty to promote library service

    Libraries across the country are at risk of cuts as councils are told to reduce spending. Photograph: Martin Godwin

    Campaign groups are drawing up plans to take the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, and his minister Ed Vaizey to court over the closure of more than 400 public libraries.

    They accuse Hunt and Vaizey, whose portfolio includes libraries, of flouting their legal duty to promote the service.

    At least one campaign group is thought to be in discussion with Matrix Chambers, where Cherie Booth is a barrister.

    The groups cite the 1964 Museums and Public Libraries Act, which states that it is the duty of the culture secretary to “superintend and promote the improvement of, the public library service provided by local authorities”.

    See full article here http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/jan/28/library-closures-court-action