The Industrial and Provident Society which is to take over libraries in Suffolk has been registered this week with the name Suffolk’s Libraries IPS Limited.
There is nothing grammatically wrong with putting our libraries into the possession of an inanimate object, but it looks like a daft change. Perhaps it is a metaphor for the way they think in Endeavour House.
It is a unnecessary alteration, tinkering. It sounds uglier than Suffolk Libraries and how many people will be able to remember where to put the apostrophe? It makes designing logos and signs more difficult. And there is a mysterious law that says apostrophes are the first things to fall off signs.
I suspect the originators of the name were thinking that it suggested Suffolk’s People’s Libraries. It doesn’t.
But it need not be a problem. The board of Suffolk’s Libraries IPS Limited, which is to meet next week for the first time as a constituted body, can simply decide to trade as Suffolk Libraries. They are in the clear: the board had not been appointed when the naming decision was made.