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‘Libraries are at the forefront of combatting loneliness and inequality’
Opinion

‘Libraries are at the forefront of combatting loneliness and inequality’

Don’t judge a library just by its books. They play a more vital role in communities than ever, says Pamela Tulloch

Check out these literary themed t-shirts to support ailing libraries
Books

Check out these literary themed t-shirts to support ailing libraries

Public Library Apparel launches a Kickstarter fund today after library worker Lottie Begg spent lockdown designing the quirky fashion brand

Meet the librarians going above and beyond to get books to kids in lockdown
Books

Meet the librarians going above and beyond to get books to kids in lockdown

In Ethiopia they go via camel. In America they go via drone. The longing for literacy is all-conquering even when libraries are closed during Covid-19

Collins gives homeschooling parents free access to books
Books

Collins gives homeschooling parents free access to books

Indy bookshop takes orders over Twitter to overcome flooding and coronavirus
Books

Indy bookshop takes orders over Twitter to overcome flooding and coronavirus

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Edmund de Waal takes aim at library closures in British Museum installation
Books

Edmund de Waal takes aim at library closures in British Museum installation

Library crusader Bobby Seagull deliver funding demands to Downing Street
Books

Library crusader Bobby Seagull deliver funding demands to Downing Street

How the Breakfast Book Club is helping disadvantaged kids get into reading
Books

How the Breakfast Book Club is helping disadvantaged kids get into reading

How ebooks and libraries help bring people together
Books

How ebooks and libraries help bring people together

Bobby Seagull is taking a petition fighting for library funding to Number 10
Books

Bobby Seagull is taking a petition fighting for library funding to Number 10

Saturdays in the library prepared me for Paxman
Opinion

Saturdays in the library prepared me for Paxman

“I’ve seen firsthand what we lose if we don’t invest in libraries”
Opinion

“I’ve seen firsthand what we lose if we don’t invest in libraries”

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Need books? The Big Issue can help

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Why books matter: More than 380,000 UK kids don’t own a book
Books

Why books matter: More than 380,000 UK kids don’t own a book

Campaigners want you to vote for libraries in this general election
Books

Campaigners want you to vote for libraries in this general election

Book Refuge is bringing mini-libraries to London homeless shelters
Books

Book Refuge is bringing mini-libraries to London homeless shelters

Here are the top 10 events worth checking out this Bookshop Day
Books

Here are the top 10 events worth checking out this Bookshop Day

Tom Mole: Bookshops are here to stay, they’re machines for serendipity
Books

Tom Mole: Bookshops are here to stay, they’re machines for serendipity

Essex libraries saved from the axe – but battle to keep them staffed goes on
Books

Essex libraries saved from the axe – but battle to keep them staffed goes on

John Bird launches new magazine to get the nation ‘reading deeper’
Books

John Bird launches new magazine to get the nation ‘reading deeper’

Take a ride on this staggering literary tube map of London
Books

Take a ride on this staggering literary tube map of London

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Peter Capaldi presents writing awards to creative young people in care
Books

Peter Capaldi presents writing awards to creative young people in care

A Tower Hamlets teacher’s book donation network for cash-strapped schools
Activism

A Tower Hamlets teacher’s book donation network for cash-strapped schools

This is your last chance to sign the petition to protect our libraries
Activism

This is your last chance to sign the petition to protect our libraries

Unreadable Books campaign jumbles up bestsellers to push literacy
Books

Unreadable Books campaign jumbles up bestsellers to push literacy

Stormzy launches writing prize for a ‘new generation’ of writers
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Stormzy launches writing prize for a ‘new generation’ of writers

Ian Rankin and Val McDermid condemn plans to close 16 Aberdeen libraries
Books

Ian Rankin and Val McDermid condemn plans to close 16 Aberdeen libraries

An independent bookshop is using Twitter to buy books for homeless people
Books

An independent bookshop is using Twitter to buy books for homeless people

The Big Issue has taken your stories to Westminster to save our libraries
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The Big Issue has taken your stories to Westminster to save our libraries

Big Issue readers tell us exactly why we need to save our libraries
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Big Issue readers tell us exactly why we need to save our libraries

Nicola Sturgeon backs Edinburgh scheme to give rough sleepers free books
Housing

Nicola Sturgeon backs Edinburgh scheme to give rough sleepers free books

Help The Big Issue tell the Government how to save libraries from closure
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Help The Big Issue tell the Government how to save libraries from closure

Will landmark ruling rewrite the book on library closures?
Books

Will landmark ruling rewrite the book on library closures?