Friday, 9 February 2007

Save our British Library - Keep it free!

I got this email at work and feel it's a really worthwhile cause! The email reads as follows:

Dear All,

With apologies for cross posting.

I am sure most of you are aware of the budget cuts the government is proposing to impose on the British Library. According to a press release on the BL website, these cuts may force the library to start charging for users to access the collections see here

If you think, as I do, that this is a really bad idea – please sign the online petition

And do tell your friends to sign it too!

According to their website, the BL is actively campaigning against the proposed cuts and Lynne Brindley has asked those who feel strongly about this issue to contact the library and explain "why the British Library is important to you and give us permission to use your letter in our campaign. Please e-mail with your name, contact number and message, or write to Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB."

So if you have five minutes to spare, do send an e-mail or letter too.

Best wishes,

Joanna Bryant

I think this is a really good thing to do, so if you are a British Citizen, (including overseas), please take a few seconds to sign the petition - I have!

Thank you in advance!


Heather Brooke said...

Library readers may also like to join the British Library Readers Group at We are an independent group representing the concerns of readers and are currently involved in talks with management for formal recognition. We are against the funding cuts but believe management would be in a stronger position if it involved readers more in the decision making process.
Heather Brooke,
Coordinator, British Library Readers Group

hesitant scribe said...

Heather, I had a look at your site and it looks very interesting, although I did end up at the Baseline Lake Recreation Group first! I think you missed the uk bit off your link! So here it is for anyone who is interested: