Comments are in date order, latest first. Comments are unedited. Comments include the location of the commentator. A book made from these comments was handed to David Cameron PM at Downing Street by campaigners (April 2014) and Martin Hill, leader of Lincolnshire County Council (February 2015).
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Olivia Bone WOODHALL SPA, UNITED KINGDOM
I used mobile libraries when I was younger and I love my local library-it was be such a shame to see them go!
Ruth Smith WIDNES, UNITED KINGDOM
Love Libraries and work in one
dennis wood HUMBERSTON, UNITED KINGDOM
I use the libraries alot and I think they should be easily accessible to all. They are important places of meeting and learning.
Peter Lorimer DONINGTON, UNITED KINGDOM
My 4 year old daughter is just starting to read, robbing her of a village library, is a betrayal of her educational potential.
Anne Elibol NORWICH, UNITED KINGDOM
It’s important for all Communities to enjoy a vital resource that brings free books and information to all
Jan Christmas LOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM
I’m a former early years teacher and as such I find the idea of library closures/reductions absolutely unacceptable.
Jayne Knight LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM
I am disabled, confined to a wheelchair, but like to think I lead an active, fulfilling life. I enjoy reading books of all types, I also am involved in researching local history and tracing my ancestory. Without professionally staffed, well stocked libraries my life would not be as stimulating as it is at the moment. I would feel a great loss if my libraries were to be shut down.
Imogen Lemon LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM
Libraries are vital to many people, particularly those who cannot afford their own computers and books. Give libraries to diversify, don’t close them down. Save the money not building the road at Hawthorn Road over he LEB and give that money to the libraries.
Barbara Brook AUSTRALIA 5 days ago
Many of my family live in Lincolnshireand are horrified that Lincolnshire Council would consider closing any libraries. Libraries are the centre and soul of communities – small and large. How will people in country areas access books and other materials. Children and the elderly in particular need local libraries to access. Libraries are vital for education, recreation, research and the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of all people.
PATRICIA TURNBULL DUNHOLME, UNITED KINGDOM 12 days ago
I have used libraries all my life and despite the worldwide internet we have, in a civilised society nothing replaces actual books and our libraries.
Jose Martinez LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are a undeniable source of knowledge and research. They are and always be part of the community. The government has not right to close anyone of them without “our” consent and, the government has not mine! We, the people, should be telling the government what to do and not the other way around. This government was chosen to serve us, not the other way around. The government must and should not act as an independent body ignoring the needs of the people. Without libraries, I am afraid, people would become less informed, knowledgeable and bit more ignorant, thus, far more detached from the things that really matter, our future.
Thomas Gooding LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Books are great and reading them makes you smarter.
Rebecca Nahmad LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago
As a teacher, I find it shocking that local libraries are under threat. How will Mr Gove ever achieve his mission to improve literacy in this country if these most vital resources are taken away from our community?
Sue Bowden SKEGNESS, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago
our family use the local library all the time. Our grandchildren joined the reading club over the summer and got a certificate for reading all their books. They love the library and would not be able to be part of the library further away because of transport issues.
Steven Taylor NORTH HYKEHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago
We use it to help with childs homework.
Annie Neild CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago
Libraries are incredibly important to the communities they serve and to society as a whole. We should be building more of them, not shutting them down.
Al Ewing YORK, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago
Libraries serve a vital function in the community and increasingly they provide support where the government won’t. It’s unsurprising that this government is keen to cut that support away.
Eric Brown DUNBAR, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago
Because I’m a writer and a reader and a library user!
Margaret Irene Green LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago
Every one should have access to books young,old,rich or poor
Mark Baker LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago
I like reading and this option is the cheaper way to have a choice and verity without purchasing expensive books.
Raymond Burgess LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago
Reading is so important to all
Phil Applewhite BRANSTON, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago
Absolutely opposed to making access to reading material more difficult.
Stephen Dilks KANSAS CITY, MO 3 months ago
Because libraries are one of the building blocks of a truly democratic society.
Doreen Steinberg LUTON, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago
Libraries are vitally important to communities -Not just for books – for social cohesion, computers for homework, education, job searches and the joy of gaining knowledge.
Dorothy Morley ALFORD, LINCS., UNITED KINGDOM 4 months ago
Alford is dying. This closure will make it die even quicker. We have precious little in the way of facilities around here. People awaiting public transport (buses few and far between) can usefully spend some time in the warm reading a book or newspaper, going online or just socialising in the pleasant surroundings of the library. Our community NEEDS the Alford Library
Gary Rees HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM 4 months ago
Libraries are the centre of communities; reading is a healthy pleasure that should be available to all irrespective of age or income.
Ken Fernandes SLEAFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 4 months ago
It is a community gathering tool, used by children who can’t afford computers or books. or borrow DVD B- ray i cant afford to buy or rent.
Penelope Lucas GRANTHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 4 months ago
Lots of people need them.
valerie broadbent SPALDING, UNITED KINGDOM 4 months ago
We need to encourage parents to read to and with their children – don’t close a means by which they can do this
Primrose Vishnu LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 4 months ago
Libraries are important to youth, families, the unemployed, education, development, every part of society and civilisation in general. Its a no-brainer!
Kathryn Campbell COLUMBIA, IL 4 months ago
Everyone needs to be able to find a book to read, a magazine, a newspaper. No matter the country, people need libraries!
Dorothy Such LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 4 months ago
I use my local library at least once a week
Shaunna Cheriton LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 4 months ago
Use it a lot, often do my homework there and access computers
Sally Cheriton LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 4 months ago
Love my library as a family we use it and my childminder raked daughter also who loved bookstart
caroline taylor KENDAL, UNITED KINGDOM 4 months ago
Because BOOKS are important – especially free ones.
Brian Stuck LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 4 months ago
My local libray is important to me because it provides books for me to read. As a carer this provides an outlet for escapism without having to leave my wife for long. If I had to go into town it is nlikely I would use it so much, certainly not on aregular basis. It provides knowledge and information on items which do not just rely upon scans of the internet. It gives trust to the information given by the staff.
Samantha Ashton SELBY, UNITED KINGDOM 4 months ago
My love of books started at the library when as a child my mother would take me to choose 2 books each week. A great way to broaden a childs mind and far more cost effective than fixing the problems caused by unimaginative bored kids.
Lee McBride EDINBURGH, SOUTH AFRICA 4 months ago
Because books educate people, they give people comfort, they allow people to experience the world and other worlds. The idea of removing access to books from people is saying they don’t deserve to be educated or to escape their worries.
Mark Henwick WINDLESHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 4 months ago
Libraries are a vital component of British life
Paul Roberts LOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM 4 months ago
The library system is an invaluable asset to those studying, researching and requiring a quiet haven conducive to thought processes and without distraction from outside influences. People on low incomes and/or poor intellectual/educational environments are able to access a free service to enable self development which may otherwise not be available to them.
olwen cook REEFTON, NEW ZEALAND 4 months ago
all thru my life I have spent a lot of time in my local library ,where ever I have lived .My children and grand children also value their local library–I would hate to see people deprived of access to a library
Zoe Sharp YORK, UNITED KINGDOM 4 months ago
Because libraries are a vital part of allowing access to books for all.
Jason Wright LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 4 months ago
The libraries provide a lifeline to a huge amount of the local population.
Linda Blackbourn SPALDING, UNITED KINGDOM 4 months ago
My mum and her neighbours use the library regularly, it is an important tool for a lot of people!
Marion Strange GRANTHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 4 months ago
Mobile Libraries are a lifeline for rural communities.
Margaret Masterman BOSTON, UNITED KINGDOM 4 months ago
Libraries are important aspects of my ife and other people in Lincolnshire. It would be a big loss to the community if they closed
Mike Downs LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 4 months ago
Libraries are at the heart of our Communities. So much will be lost if they close / are not run by professionally trained Librarians.
liz boulter LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 4 months ago
I use the library as I am an avid reader and for 25p I can reserve a book, and I feel that once libraries have gone, we will never get them back, they are unique, borrow a book, take it back! not everyone can afford a kindle or even want one!!! Libraries are part of the fabric of this country, don’t take them away!
Natalie Smeal WYBERTON, UNITED KINGDOM 4 months ago
Because on today’s wages and pay freezes, I can’t afford to buy the number of books I read. Reading has always been important to my family and I.
Shirley Goldsbrough THORPE ON THE HILL, UNITED KINGDOM 4 months ago
All ages from all backgrounds use the local libraries – young children learning to enjoy literature, people without access to the internet using the computers and often the lonely and elderly who seek solace through reading. Libraries serve a need throughout the community.
Di Redman SPALDING, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 hour ago
Libraries are a mark of a civilised society How can we encourage learning if children do not have access to real books?
Ryan Robotham MABLETHORPE, UNITED KINGDOM 1 day ago
As a student, I primarily use the library computers for my coursework, but when I don’t use them, I see a quiet friendly atmosphere where people can relax, read, chat (quietly of course) and have a good time. I have read the library consultation scheme and while it seems sound. taking libraries away will deny many people, especially children, the right to read, learn, study and seek information in a stress free environment.
Carol Harrild CAISTOR, UNITED KINGDOM 2 days ago
I use the library, and would not be able to get to another, no transport
LINDA VARLEY LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 days ago
Libraries are necessary tor education, literarcy, information, community, social integration and well being, four generations of our family use NORTH HYKEHAM LIBRARY regularly. Furious and disgusted that closing it is even being considered.
Michael Jones LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 days ago
A library opens up a new world of wonder and learning. Many of us would otherwise never develop an enthusiasm for learning, or develop our potential to be better skilled, better citizens and better people generally.
Terry Mackey ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 2 days ago
Libraries should be the heart of the community
Louise Montague LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM 2 days ago
Libraries are a vital resource especially in rural communities
kaleigh horsfall LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 days ago
i use it for homework and to borrow books
kerry horsfall LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 days ago
my daughter uses the library for her homework!
Nick Quantrill HULL, UNITED KINGDOM 2 days ago
Libraries have always played a crucial role in my life. As a child, I used them extensively. My daughter now enjoys them in the same way. I work as a writer and often talk in them around the country and see how important they are to communities. Libraries aren’t just about books. They’re a lifeline for some people.
Mel Cash COLCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM 2 days ago
Without libraries we have nowhere to escape to be quiet , learn and read
Amanda Thorpe YORK, UNITED KINGDOM 2 days ago
Local libraries are often the centre for a community and needed to maintain community morale and spirit
peter heath LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 days ago
they are not so difficult to get your head into Computors hurt.
Pat Wonnacott ENGLAND, AL 3 days ago
Libraries are so much more than a book lending service – these days they are very much the hub of the community – everywhere else has already been cut!
wendy pearson LOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM 3 days ago
I often use my local library as do my children, we need these library’s to stay open.
Sharon Robey CAISTOR, UNITED KINGDOM 3 days ago
Reading is the key to being a successful person in life and work
Chris Robey CAISTOR, UNITED KINGDOM 3 days ago
Our children use the Caistor library regularly. It is a vital community resource.
Michelle Pearl LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 days ago
I represent a young married couple soon to move from Lincoln to a village location. Without local library I fear for my unborn children’s literary education. Being able to walk to local libraries will be the only service available to us. Travel is not a option.
Alison Duncombe LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 days ago
We are losing our schools, churches, adult education centre, community centres, public houses; the heart is being ripped from our communities. Instead of closure, we should be exploring every way and means of keeping our few remaining community meeting places open; libraries can be so much more than just a repository for books and resources; a library can be a meeting place, a venue for music, theatre, poetry, comedy – accessible to everyone no matter what their socio or economic background, their race, religion, creed or colour. We are defined, shaped and inspired by our culture, ibraries open up the worlds of the imagination and of facts. Short term savings should not dictate our legacy to future generations!
moira mcmorran LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 4 days ago
I have had a library card since I was three years old and now I am seventy six and still use mine all the time . Please do not close our wonderful libraries .
Dawn Lovatt LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 5 days ago
As one speaker pointed out libraries are always around for functions knowledge company support. They are the life blood of book history and learning. Without them all would suffer and not every one has IT access libraries provide that too.
Matina Loizou GRANTHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 5 days ago
Libraries are so important for society! Everyone should have access to one
Bill Pepper GRANTHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 5 days ago
It educates and an essential part of the culture of the community.
Elaine Bielby LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 5 days ago
Please save our libraries our family love books taking part in library events and having fun xxxxx
LINDA REEVE LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 5 days ago
Please don’t take away something that can never be replaced. Having used libraries all my life I cannot imagine not having access to one. I borrow books from Grantham library and sometimes I just enjoy going in to browse. Recently I came across a book, quite by chance, that turned out to be invaluable for a trip abroad. Interestingly, there always seem to be plenty of other people using the library whenever I am in there. If I were not mobile I would certainly rely on the mobile library.
Anita Callaway LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 6 days ago
the library here in Cherry Willingham is an important part of this village.I do not want to see a future when the vital source of informationnot staffed by paid,trained staff.
Warren Williams MARKET RASEN, UNITED KINGDOM 6 days ago
I regularly use Caistor library with its associated cafe. It has only opened in the last 3 years and has already become a cultural hub of the town. To close such an obvious success would be to acknowledge that we know the cost of everything and the value of nothing.
Lisa Winter MANSFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM 6 days ago
Library services across the country are invaluable to communities.
Linda Lee CROWLAND, UNITED KINGDOM 6 days ago
Reading is an essential and self improving method of education and entertainment. It would be a shame if future generations did not have the same opportunities to access books which we have had via our libraries.
Barbara Read LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 hour ago
I love to visit the library to enjoy the many books on offer both fiction non fiction we can borrow
Charles Stanley Bolton GRANTHAM, UNITED KINGDOM about 3 hours ago
because of age and indifferent mobility
Debbie Thompson ELGIN, UNITED KINGDOM about 15 hours ago
Because too many Libraries all over the U.K are being closed. And its not right
lucy howard LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM about 15 hours ago
libraries are important for the young and old alike.
Mary Orphanoudakis MARKET RASEN, UNITED KINGDOM about 21 hours ago
I feel that all children should be encouraged to read and enjoy books. So many do not have books at home as many families cannot afford them. Libraries are a vital resouce for all children. Also, people living in rural areas will feel completely cut of if their library closes or the mobile library is stopped. This may be the only chance, especially for the elderly, to have access to books and it may be the highlight of the week. Not everyone has their own transport or computer.
Mary Wood GRANTHAM, UNITED KINGDOM about 23 hours ago
I make regular use of the online ordering system to read books held in Libraries all over Lincolnshire and I am concerned that these will no longer be available to me. I collect from Grantham Library from which I also select books.
Georgia Redpath STOURBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM 1 day ago
I grew up in Lincolnshire – libraries like those in Gainsborough, Lincoln (both Central and Ermine) and Louth were a big part of my life – and taught me invaluable skills. They remain important even in a digital age – and have embraced new technology and its advantages. There is NOTHING like interacting with a book (especially when it comes to children’s books and non-fiction). But Lincolnshire Libraries offer so much more than just books and reference: they teach, they bring people together. The buildings are part of the community – and are a legacy which should be saved for the community. (Not sold off piecemeal…which I suspect is one of the real motives)
Susan Redpath LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 1 day ago
technical facilities; research – non fiction; journals; local cultural information;
Mandy Bailey CORBY, UNITED KINGDOM 1 day ago
Family research, history, preserving what we have for generations to come.
David Wood GRANTHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 1 day ago
I am a regular user of the Library services and will find it difficult if the library opening hours are restricted. What will happen to the stocks of books held at the various libraries that are to be closed ?
Margaret O’Mahony AUSTRALIA 1 day ago
Libraries are important whichever country one lives in
Maria Reid BELLSHILL, UNITED KINGDOM 1 day ago
Libraries are learning centres full of wonderful information. They not be shut.
Matthew Reay CORBY, UNITED KINGDOM 1 day ago
Libraries are a vital part of our community and they need saving. They encourage learning and study for all ages and are still relevant to everybody.
Natalie Cree NEWARK-ON-TRENT, UNITED KINGDOM 1 day ago
I think libraries are a very important part of the community. They are handy for accessing information and are enjoyed by many children.
Gill Arthur SKELLINGTHORPE, UNITED KINGDOM 2 days ago
Our small library is a precious resource for the local community and if it were to disappear, it would never return. We must keep these libraries open.
stephanie starr PETERBORUGH, UNITED KINGDOM 2 days ago
i always go there to do my research
Peter Barton LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 days ago
Libraries have been important to me throughout my life and should be there for others who follow.
kate loveday SPALDING, UNITED KINGDOM 2 days ago
for the education of all what ever their means, and so my grandchildren and hopefully great grand children will learn how to think for themselves using the written word.
Gary Cant GRANTHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 2 days ago
Culture should be protected even when things are tight.
Maxine Beeken LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 days ago
for the education of all what ever their means, and so my grandchildren and hopefully great grand children will learn how to think for themselves using the written word.
Patricia Jephson ALBUQUERQUE, NM 2 days ago
I lived in Lincolnshire for 2 years and used the libraries in Woodhall Spa, Horncastle, and Lincoln. These libraries and the others around Lincolnshire are invaluable to these communities. Don’t shut them, you will lose so much more than a building full of books.
Judith Sproat BELCHFORD, HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM 3 days ago
A library is the most important resource, particularly for people who are hard up
Linda Mengella LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 days ago
Welton library was one of the reasons we moved to Welton! I use it 2/3 times a week. Libraries are part of our heritage. Don’t close compromise with must have a library and a LIBRARIAN.Compromise with Nettleham if you must BUT keep the running of libraries with the County Council.
Michael Negus GRANTHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 3 days ago
Public Libraries at an essential part of education. To close them is barbaric vandalism.
Susan Woodward GRANTHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 4 days ago
Libraries are important for learning, culture and leisure. They are open to all and are one of the hallmarks of a civilised and democratic society. To allow all to benefit they should be local and easy to access. A rural county like Lincs needs many smaller libraries and library vans too.
Tina Negus GRANTHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 4 days ago
Libraries encourage reading, pleasure, knowledge, we lose them at our peril!
Kate Simpkins GRANTHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 4 days ago
Libraries provide vital services for many sections of the community. Visiting the library stimulated my love of reading which in turn made me a happy and successful learner. As a child, visiting the library was a great treat and i still look forward to my visits now.
kathleen shaw LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 4 days ago
I use my library regularly as buying books is beyond my means. We need libraries
Mary Vincent LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 4 days ago
Reducing the opening hrs will save very little money, I need the library, we should be proud of this service not reduce it. Free access to books how can that be bad.
Michelle Tallon LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 5 days ago
We have used the libraries for years particularly when our 3 children were young-Ermine and Free school lane access to reading material and wonderful storytimes they attended ,they will always are an essential part of our community–getting rid of them is very much against the Governent policy of maintaining communities and support-“The Big Society”.I am a GP-I know many of my patients depend on the library not only for reading material,but for internet access(which they do not have/cannot afford),access to newspapers and magazines and as part of the community.
lorraine featherstone GRANTHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 5 days ago
every one needs to have to access to books every now and then.
Chris Sutcliffe CAISTOR, UNITED KINGDOM 5 days ago
Libraries remain one of the marks of a liberal, civilised society
clive hill WELTON BY LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 5 days ago
service essential part of village life
Elizabeth Clarke WORCESTER, UNITED KINGDOM 6 days ago
Familiar and friendly local libraries provide jobs for local people, and are sociable, spaces that are accessible to young and the elderly. Councils should celebrate and support these vital facilities that enrich peoples’ lives and are beneficial to the well-being of the local community, rather than demoralising public and staff with threats of closure.
Diane Pacey LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 6 days ago
Useful aid to both young and old, part of every community.
Kate Foster LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 6 days ago
The libraries provide a vital service to all members of the community but especially the young, poor, elderly and disabled. The knowledge of our Librarians (Welton) is non replaceable. £2m in the scheme of things is a small amount and could easily be shaved off other areas.
Catherine Greenslade GRANTHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 6 days ago
Libraries are a vital resource for the whole community.
Claire Leyman LINCOLNSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM 7 days ago
Without books in our community where are we??
Jayne Scarman BIRMINGHAM (LINCOLN BORN), UNITED KINGDOM 7 days ago
Lincolnshire is a rural and often isolated county. There is little public transport and many people do not have a car to travel long distances. Libraries sit at the heart of local communities – a place as a child to discover new worlds, a place to meet friends and find company, a place to take refuge. Don’t rip out that heart.
Christopher Gill SLEAFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 7 days ago
Modern local libraries, especially in rural areas, provide more than just access to books and reading material, which are, of course, very important. However, the community services aspect of libraries, such as internet access for people who need it and don’t have it, children’s education, eg visits to the library as part of the curriculum, and other activities such as being able to go to the library and talk to somebody, is just as important. Having to travel to “bigger libraries” in a rural county is not an option for many people, and, anyway, it totally misses the point, as to what libraries are about!
David Fish LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 7 days ago
It is so much more than a place to borrow book and access the internet. It is where dreams and aspirations are born.
Tony Sanderson LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 7 days ago
Libraries are important to all in Lincolnshire. They promote literacy and the love of a good book. Also, they are becoming more, not less, important in the modern age by allowing all in society free access to the modern technology which is now essential when it comes to claiming benefits and searching for work.
Michael Maidment RUSKINGTON, UNITED KINGDOM 8 days ago
I take my grandchildren to the library to encourage their reading
greta bates GRANTHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 8 days ago
I feel strongly about this, especially for children they should have the opportunity to visit a library. It offers a quiet place where one can read.
Paul Sheridan CAISTOR, UNITED KINGDOM 8 days ago
Availability resource quiet area
Richard Black BELCHFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 9 days ago
Libraries are vital central points of contact and sources of information as well as all those wonderful books.
Travelling libraries are especially important to rural communities, especially older people who don’t have access to cars.
Carrah Wright CALIFORNIA, UNITED KINGDOM 9 days ago
As a school librarian, I believe absolutely that libraries are key to the economic success of a nation, in creating a literate, educated population. Perhaps our current leaders would like to reflect on the fact that the people who will be voting on issues that affect them in their old age will be those to whom they denied the means to educate themselves.
Janet Wright DUNHOLME, UNITED KINGDOM 9 days ago
Very important to children, and elderly persons, not only for books but computer access . My grandchildren go every week.
Dan Frodsham LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 9 days ago
Closure of my local library would severly limit access to books for my child and for countless others. Access to books supports education, fosters skills, creates opportunities, and is a mark of a civilised society.
portia trainor LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM 9 days ago
Everyone needs libraries they are more than book centres they are communities spaces open to everyone unconditionally.
Sue MCKINLAY SCOTHERN, UNITED KINGDOM 9 days ago
To shut the local libraries would put cultural and educational future of Lincolnshire in jeopardy.
Pauline Baxter CAISTOR, UNITED KINGDOM 9 days ago
A valuable well-patronised resource in our community will significantly disadvantage us in rural Lincs.
Joanne Wright LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 9 days ago
I have 3 children,I’ve enjoyed using the library for as long as I can remember, it’s one of those things we’ve always taken for granted, I realise now what a luxury it is and feel absolutely mortified to think we could lose them soon for good.
Dan Powell HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM 9 days ago
I have young children and as a family we make weekly use of the libraries in our area. To close a library is a barbaric thing to do. These places are essential communal spaces and should be saved at all costs. They need more money and longer opening hours, not cuts and closures.
Andrew Coulthard LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 9 days ago
Because libraries are a vital part of our communities.
Anthony White LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 9 days ago
In the age of information, Libraries should be at the centre of the community. A place of learning, exchanging information and keeping the mind (of the community) active. This is just as important for our present, past and future.
Raymond White LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 9 days ago
I am a regular user of the Washingborough Library, taking on average 6 books a month. It is local and enables me to use all the facilities within the greater library system. I believe that a library is an essential part of maintaining a civilised society and enabling the disadvantaged to seek and learn about the world. To enter a library and look at the variety of books. To be stimulated to read something different from your norm is a joy. Books expand your mind and your life.
Hitler burnt books that he did not agree with but the people still managed to read those books. That says a lot about the power of books. Those that wish to curtail the availability of books for everyone should hold their heads in shame.
Tom Taylor CAISTOR, UNITED KINGDOM 9 days ago
Caistor appears to have been singled out for major cuts. Disgraceful
alan Saxton CAISTOR, UNITED KINGDOM 10 days ago
It is important to the community
Ruth Dawson CAISTOR, UNITED KINGDOM 10 days ago
Because I am a regular user of the library in Caistor and realise the need for these establishments in rural communities. They are an essential part of many people’s life, enabling them to obtain books, use computers, get advice, etc.
Nicola French LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 10 days ago
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he does; a man who never reads lives only once” libraries offer a huge variety of books at no expense – what could be a greater gift from the government than that?
Alexander McNabb SHARJAH, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 10 days ago
I’m a writer. I want people to be able to read my books. Anywhere. It’s important: people need to be able to read. Not capable of reading, able to read.
maria crisp-beard HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM 10 days ago
i am student and a jobseeker so need to use the pc and books in library
Rupert Bumfrey KYIV, UKRAINE 10 days ago
If the developed world is closing down access to literacy, what hope is there for the developing world?
Glenda Rousseau GRANTHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 10 days ago
Libraries are an essential part of the social fabric, providing literacy support and discovery services
Samuel Taradash LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM 10 days ago
Urban or rural, everyone deserves access to books and literacy.
Emily Fellah LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM 10 days ago
Libraries should be invested in and not closed.
A Pattison LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 10 days ago
children and adults still need an avenue for learning other than the internet, also the preschool invited readers is an opportunity for tinies to be introduced to books and to interact with other children if they are in an isolated location, e.g. distant villages with no nursery environment.
Dominic Burns SLEAFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 10 days ago
I like to think the importance should be obvious to all but the basest intelligence.
Karen Pole SLEAFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 11 days ago Like 1
It’s a hub to get local lovely to see kids in there getting books
Chris Goldberg LOS ANGELES, CA 11 days ago Like 1
I read Abigail Tarttelin’s op-ed in the Guardian and agree 100%!
Susie Summers LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM 11 days ago Like 1
I grew up in Lincolnshire and spent most Saturdays in the library. Going on to university and work in education I value the great start I had with reading there, enabling a wide range of b
eleanor carling GERMANY 11 days ago Like 1
being from Lincolnshire and loving books I don’t want to see them close. I also enjoy taking my nephew there.
Kaitlin Dagenais CALGARY, AB, CANADA 11 days ago Like 1
While I live in Canada, the thought of libraries closing ANYWHERE makes me sad. Our library system (Calgary Public Library) is the second most used system in Canada (after Toronto), and the sixth most used library system in North America; even though we are only a city of over 1 million people. This investment has injected the values of knowledge, community, culture to our city that has done thing but good!
Libraries are an investment in the community, and the future of your citizens. Access to knowledge should never be withheld or limited to those with the desire to learn. I would implore you to please reconsider your decisions, and revaluate your priorities.
Jo Gibson LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM 11 days ago Like 1
I grew up in Lincoln and our local library was a very important part of my childhood.
Kaitlin Dagenais CALGARY, AB, CANADA 11 days ago Like 1
Access to knowledge should never be withheld, or limited to those with the desire to learn!
Marjory Fortin FRANCE 11 days ago Like 1
Libraries play a vital role in the community.
Kate Maidens FRANCE 11 days ago Like 1
Having grown up in Lincoln, I heavily relied on the services of the Lincolnshire libraries – especially the Ermine library. Libraries are important for communities and important for discovery and learning. I wouldn’t be the bookworm that I am today had it not been for Ermine library.
holly wood LEWES, UNITED KINGDOM 11 days ago Like 1
I am from Lincolnshire and home schooled my son in Stamford Library
Naomi Lukianczuk BRIGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM 11 days ago Like 1
The ability for people of ALL ages to have access to books is essential.
Robert Harvey LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 11 days ago
Dan Gouldthorpe LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM 11 days ago Like 2
Brought up in Scunthorpe, the public library was a very important resource for me, a place to go, hang out and learn, do not risk the eductaion of our youth by shut down the librarys
Jessica Hawkins MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM 11 days ago Like 3
I grew up in Lincolnshire – libraries were my greatest source of information.
kay gibson LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 12 days ago Like 2
I have a 6 year old son who has just started reading properly, taking part in the summer reading challenge at our local library (North Hykeham) focused his love of books and he pleaded with me to do everything I could to save it from closure. I never break my promises to my son! I am heartbroken to think that next summer it may not be there for him to take part again. A well used and much loved facility as are most of our local libraries. If we want to teach our children to think for themselves, to teach themselves, to interact across the generations, to respect people and property and to become part of the ‘big society’ what better place to start than your local library?
B Smith GRANTHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 12 days ago Like 1
It is common sense to keep them open from every viewpoint
Lisa French LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 12 days ago Like 1
Because libraries have always been an important part of my life- now my almost three year old is a weekly visitor to our local branch and an avid bookworm. Her words on leaving the library today,”Mummy, I love coming here.” It would be incredibly sad for her and all the other local children to lose such a wonderful part of their childhoods and future lives.
Michael Sharpe LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 13 days ago Like 1
I use all the time and the children love going to browse and choose books
Mike Coffey LONG CLAWSON, UNITED KINGDOM 13 days ago Like 1
Losing libraries must be a poor alternative when looking to cut costs. Once gone, these wonderful institutions, so important to communities and the people of Britain, will be so difficult to reinstate once desperate times recede. Free-to-use means of self education and self-development is part of what I always understood Britain to be about.
stacey papworth MARKET RASEN, UNITED KINGDOM 13 days ago Like 1
My children regularly use the library and i would like them to be able to continue to use this service as i believe it will only become more important to them as they get older.
Helen Moore LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 14 days ago Like 1
Going to the library to get new books was something my children and I loved to do when they were little. It would be nice to think that they will still be able to do this when they have children.
Helga Barr SLEAFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 14 days ago Like 1
It would be a crime to close down or reduce library services. They provide a valuable service to all age groups. Hands off!!!!!
peter hawes KIRTON IN LINDSEY, UNITED KINGDOM 14 days ago Like 1
i use ourlocal library a lot
Andrew Barke LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 14 days ago Like 1
Current and future literacy is critical to the UK
Rose Firth LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 15 days ago Like 1
Essential part of learning.
Ian Treadwell LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 15 days ago Like 1
Libraries are an important source of information and education for people who do not necessarily have the funds or access to knowledge in other ways. They are essential, and a free at source point of education should be available to all. Not everything can be found on the internet.
Louise Goodall SLEAFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 16 days ago Like 1
Because libraries are vital to our kids education and fun too. My daughter loves to visit the library, it means she can borrow loads of books, read them, and then get a load more. Closing our libraries is ludicrous. Please don’t do it.
Alison Vella LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 16 days ago Like 1
Regular user of library with 2 children, attend library events and enjoy Summer reading challenge with local staff
Bridget Barker BURGH LE MARSH, UNITED KINGDOM 16 days ago Like 1
So important for all ages of community! Expand not contract.
janet Wheater METHERINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 16 days ago
A vital resource for a rural community
Liliana Castano Rios BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM 17 days ago Like 1
“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.” ― Walter Cronkite
Tom Tarttelin NORWICH, UNITED KINGDOM 17 days ago Like 1
I use it when i go home
Tracey Bendall HOLBEACH, UNITED KINGDOM 17 days ago Like 1
The local library offers many facilities as well as books. If it were to close, travel would be difficult for many and an extra expense; my children have found it invaluable for help with their homework and it is where many people can access the internet, which is very important in a rural community, as contrary to popular belief in government, there are still a great many who do not own, or cannot afford a computer
Helen Williamson TETFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 17 days ago Like 1
Libraries are a wonderful way of opening up learning and development for all ages. Modern technology can make life easier but it doesn’t always push people in the right direction. Libraries can.
Rosie Self BOSTON, UNITED KINGDOM 17 days ago Like 1
It’s a vital service we pay for through our taxes which accessible to everyone in society, offers impartial accurate information with library staff that are working professionals serving no commercial agenda.
Abigail Tarttelin LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM 17 days ago
I am the Lincolnshire born, bred and based author of two novels, Flick and Golden Boy, published by Orion in the UK. I believe strongly that in rural areas like Lincolnshire, with little access to bookshops and less wealth than major urban areas, young people and old alike should have access to literature and factual books as aids to learning, self-improvement and social mobility.
Jillian James CAISTOR, UNITED KINGDOM 17 days ago
We must endeavour to keep all community services open, closing them only makes our societies disintegrate and become isolated.
Kathleen Watson GAINSBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM 18 days ago Like 1
My husband takes my daughters to two rural libraries – Kirton in Lindsey, and Caistor every week. They love it. The librarians know them by name and it really encourages them to enjoy books and to read a wide variety of material. Please keep our libraries!!
Laura Sturdy GREAT LIMBER, UNITED KINGDOM 18 days ago
Local towns and villages need there libraries, just like we need our post offices, doctors surgeries and all of the other local services that we have lost over the years. Please allow us to keep our libraries, somewhere that we can meet, talk and communicate with our neighbours, somewhere that we can teach our children the power and importance of books. Please do not rob us of yet another vital service that is so important to small villages and towns.
Edward Willis HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM 18 days ago Like 1
Libraries are an integral part of the community. They are important to all, but especially to should be run by professionals and not outsourced to volunteers or businesses however well-meaning.
Colette Morris GAYTON LE MARSH, UNITED KINGDOM 19 days ago
I use the mobile library – a lot – and would miss it terribly.
Barbara Wilson LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 19 days ago
Because I use North Hykeham monthly – as a low income pensioner, living alone & cannot afford to buy books, but read constantly.
Angela Parker LINCOLNSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM 20 days ago
Local services that my family and I usev
Keith Couchman SKIPTON, UNITED KINGDOM 20 days ago
Because libraries are still seen as an exciting place to go for our children and that can only be a good thing.
Roslyn Deeming LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 20 days ago Like 1
Welton library is a vital service for all ages in the village. It is especially important for children when they are learning to read to be able to borrow a whole range of books which will entertain and enthuse them to read more. The librarians also provide a brilliant service and cannot be so easily replaced by volunteers. Come on LCC this policy is short-termism – libraries are an investment in the education of our children – what could be more important than that!
Kerry Clow SPILSBY, UNITED KINGDOM 20 days ago
Lincolnshire has large numbers of small communities with little or no access to the services enjoyed by city or town-dwellers. These communities will be the ones most severely affected by library closures – another nail in the coffin for village life..
Jessica Baggaley SPALDING, UNITED KINGDOM 20 days ago
Everyone deserves the right to have access to a vast variety of free, clean and enjoyable books. Especially the elderly and children.
Kirsten Irving LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM 20 days ago
I grew up in Marshchapel, and my nearest library, Grimsby, was a huge influence on my love of reading. As a result of a dedicated children’s library and qualified staff (volunteers may be willing, but every library requires a professional librarian), I am now a published author and still an avid reader. Libraries are essential for everyone, but particularly low-income families, isolated groups and people who require a safe environment in which to immerse themselves in culture. Closing or downgrading libraries is a false economy. Think of the future.
Angela Mates LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 20 days ago
A library service is vital to every community, and that means a building,not a mobile van that visits areas for the minimum of time. I so value my local library (Birchwood).
Rowan Adams VENTNOR, ISLE OF WIGHT (A TOWN, NOT A CITY!), UNITED KINGDOM 20 days ago
Libraries are essential for civilisation and democracy. We need to make sure that there’s a public library close to every citizen. If we don’t have access to education, books, and information how can we live full lives, or contribute to decisions in a democracy?
William King GRANTHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 20 days ago
As a child from a deprived community the library opened a world of opportunity for me. That experience has supported my working career and given me a lifelong love of books and learning. We should not deny future generations the same opportunity.
Malcolm Smith SLEAFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 21 days ago
I use the library to access local history data via microfilm held in the library
John Brown SKEGNESS, UNITED KINGDOM 21 days ago
For education and entertainment
and a meeting place
David Newman LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 21 days ago
Loss of libraries would be disasterous
Amanda Olley LINCS, UNITED KINGDOM 21 days ago
What a ridiculous idea of shutting down libraries. We home-school and use the library for books and information for topics we work on at home. We would never be able to afford to buy all books that we would need to use.
I know local schools use the libraries too and take the children their in the afternoons etc
Kelly Burns HECKINGTON, UNITED KINGDOM 21 days ago
I use the Library for local research for my Masters as well as fiction as I cannot afford to simply go out and buy the amount of books I read, I would be swimming in them. It is important to support young people who would otherwise through no fault of their own not afford to be able to read books as their parents would not be able buy them. Knowledge is power. DON’T CLOSE OUR LIBRARIES.
Geoffrey Bubb SLEAFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 21 days ago
Because I use the facility to borrow books and use computer
Harry Poxon LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 22 days ago
Books give knowledge and more knowledgeable county can’t be a bad thing, also these cuts disproportionately impact the poor and it’s just not fair!
Elaine Warde LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 22 days ago
This is a much needed facility for our community.
Vanda Sharp LINCOLNSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM 22 days ago
Too valuable to lose.
priscilla shead SPILSBY, UNITED KINGDOM 22 days ago
Society can only become more ignorant without them
Elaine Cursons NORTH HYKEHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 22 days ago
A resilient community supports all forms of communication.
Tamsin Hunkin LOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM 22 days ago
Libraries provide a vital service which should be encouraged to flourish. The proposed closures will prove to be devastating to communities.
Alan Walker NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 23 days ago
Libraries are an important part of ANY community. They are a social place of learning and research, as well as an access for many people for books. But sadly for any local authority they are simply an easy target to meet cuts imposed by central government that are not working anyway.
Lesley Darwin LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 23 days ago
I regulary use 3 local lbraries. Dyslexia: Visual/tactile/audio clues in a library BUILDING are inportant to me.
gabrielle head MARKET RASEN, UNITED KINGDOM 23 days ago
As youth clubs are going its a great place for kids to be safe and learning people can t afford books very important to young familys older people a meeting place its contact for them and education to all whenever whoever you are young or old !!!
David Noble NORTH HYKEHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 24 days ago
Libraries are essential for social and learning development of the next generation – easy access is essential
Sarah Noble NORTH HYKEHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 24 days ago
Libraries are the hub of the local community and a resource for learning
Thomas Smith LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 24 days ago
Although we don’t all borrow books each visit, people, like me use the library for other things.
If the N Hykeham library closes I as a pensioner can’t get to the next nearest one. The libraries are too valuable to close!!!!!!!!
Clare Willoughby HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM 24 days ago
We use the Library and think it is vital to the community
Sonia Remic LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 24 days ago
I live in Lincolnshire, I have 2 children aged 7 and 11 who use the libraries for personal use and they go with school. Closure of Lincolnshire libraries is disgraceful and very sad.
Luke Marlowe LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM 24 days ago
I lived in these libraries as a child. They gave me an education, a vocabulary, and an understanding which could not be gained through school alone. My parents were young, and the ability to borrow books from the library saved them a lot of money, and also gave them a place where they knew I would be safe and happy – and I still talk to the old librarians when I visit lincolnshire today.
It’s a disgrace that such a major lifeline is being cut off – libraries are still a massive part of life for people from all walks of life. Many of us choose not to have ereaders, and many others cannot afford them – and they will never be an acceptable alternative, or a replacement for that feeling of stumbling across a book and discovering a new and wonderful world.
The IT services provided are also a vital lifeline to those without computers, and often in need – to take these away would cause genuine problems for many.
I appreciate that coming out of this recession, cuts are neccessary. People are struggling. But to take away a vital aid that provides empowerment, betterment and enjoyment?
We would be shooting ourselves in the feet
Magnus Sjoquist UPPSALA, SWEDEN, SWEDEN 24 days ago
People should have a right to books without having to pay to read them. Culture is a democratic right and gives a better quality of life, it shouldn’t be a matter of money.
Andy Remic LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 24 days ago
Because these closures are a disgrace and will have a detrimental effect on small communities.
Kim Handley ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 24 days ago
because we use it for books information and dvds
Bernadette Brown LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 24 days ago
I visit the libraries on a regular basis. I can read all kinds of book which otherwise i would not be able to afford to buy.
Jenny Niblock HUTTOFT, UNITED KINGDOM 25 days ago
it is crucial for current and future generations to have ready access to reading and books -outside school and/or home.
John May WELTON, UNITED KINGDOM 25 days ago
Libraries serve such an important purpose for both young and old that they must be retained for future generations.
greg mullins GAINSBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM 25 days ago
Use local libraries all my life and now
Andrew Cullum SPILSBY, UNITED KINGDOM 25 days ago
Village Mobile Libraries are being cut from 400 stops to 150 stops. This will hit the most vulnerable people. Those over 55, those under5, those without transport, those who are generally the most disadvantaged.
Alanna Draper-Webster LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 26 days ago
Local libraries and local librarians provide a personalised service and a place of refuge from a harsh, uncaring world of tears.
Sophie Scanlon WATTON, UNITED KINGDOM 26 days ago
Reading is important to open up a child’s mind to what can be and what cannot be seen. Reading is an escape from the real world and is an addictive hobby. Without a wonderful library I wouldn’t of now know about plenty of amazing books such as the handmaid’s tale, noughts and crosses and the time travellers wife. Don’t take the Lincoln’s imagination and sanctuary away for readers like myself!
susan moore ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 26 days ago
We really need this in our town.
Julie Broughton LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 26 days ago
I work as a volunteer with some of the community’s lowest income families and the libraries are crucial to them, not just as a source of accessible reading material but also for use of the internet in job searches and researching for school homework. They offer a safe and friendly place to study and find refuge.
charlotte croft LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 26 days ago
libraries are important!
Rosa Johnson LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 26 days ago
Libraries are so important in a country where education can be so hit and miss. Free knowledge for everyone is a must
Elaine Berridge NORTH HYKEHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 26 days ago
The community, all children especially small ones to give them an introduction to the wonder of books.
Rebecca Dean LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 26 days ago
Closing Libraries and removing mobile library services will mean a lot of people will not be able to access this free, social and in some cases their only way of learning within their community any longer. Also, with the increasing lack of interest in reading within younger age groups should we not be encouraging library use instead of limiting it? I do not know how someone could think that closing libraries to save costs is a viable option.
Judith Valerie Pitt LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 26 days ago
Libraries are essential in any area,and especially for young people just starting to discover the joy of books. Also hugely needed by the elderly who are not able to travel long distances to change and take out books. Please please think again.
richard poole FARNDON, UNITED KINGDOM 26 days ago
Because my parents live in a Lincolnshire village
Elizabeth Jefferson CAISTOR, UNITED KINGDOM 27 days ago
My local library is an integral part of the Arts & Heritage Centre in our community for books, computers,courses, heritage,social events.
Edith Rowell LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 27 days ago
Libraries are a vital necessity to the community. It gives free and easy access to books for a wide variety of people.
David O’Connor LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 27 days ago
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Nigel Morris HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM 28 days ago
Because services, jobs, opportunities, and professional accesss to information are more import than tax cuts, profits, individualism and greed.
John Stephenson CHELTENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 29 days ago
I am from Spilsby originally and a frequent visitor to the Spilsby/ Skegness area. When I visit I often use the local libraries. Libraries are essential for the mass of ordinary people — though not politicians or the rich, who of course can afford to buy their own books and build up their own libraries.
I do not see why the mass of ordinary people — those in the middle and at the bottom — who have not caused the economic crisis in the first place, should have to pay for errors made by those at the top, who caused it. The rich should be made to pay their bit.
Dave Lascelles MABLETHORPE, UNITED KINGDOM 29 days ago
Libraries have always been an important facility for the community, and a focal point in our social lives. Don’t deprive people of this important facility -it’s supposed to be a library SERVICE (not a profit-making concern) If it goes – it’s gone for good. (and – there ARE many sources of information which are not on the internet!!)
Dan Sam LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 30 days ago
Libraries are a source for knowledge and a hope for all to level the playing field in life.
We need to support the growth of knowledge banks not the removal.
Jane Haines SLEAFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 30 days ago
Personally as I work in Sleaford Library, but I think libraries as a free resource are a vital community point and facility. which should continue to be run professionally and not by volunteers.
John Myers ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 30 days ago
Both my wife and I are regular users of the library: I am over 80 and my wife is disabled: we cannot afford nor are we able to travel further distances to larger libraries.
Ian Mitchell SPILSBY, UNITED KINGDOM 30 days ago
The library and library busses are an essential part of the town and community and promotes an inclusive and caring society. Without thes services we will be stepping back into the dark ages.
Lyndsay bawden LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I don’t want my children growing up without local Libraries!
graham kittle LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I use the library twice a month
kevin lacey ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
because of my little boy who loves the books he borrows
Simon Durrant LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are an essential community resource. They’re not just a place where books are stored and borrowed from, they’re a place where people come together to embrace literature culture. They’re a sign of a civilised society and a reassuring presence in the community. Closing libraries amounts to closing minds.
Sue Elhatow CAIRO, EGYPT about 1 month ago
It is important for the older members of my family in the UK both soially and economically for them.
Caitriona O’Reilly LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Access to libraries is a foundation stone of any culture. At a time of austerity, denying people access to libraries is tantamount to discrimination. It is short-sighted and will damage social cohesion and educational prospects for many people.
anna cutts SLEAFORD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Ruskington library is the life blood of our village. The school children utilise it to enhance the learning journey during term time our older residents make use of the service to socialise as well as enjoy t he literature on offer. I do not want my young children to miss out on the library experience – discopvering new authors and being transported in to the world of make believe because of government cut backs. This £2 million is being cut from the wrong resources. Without the facility old people may become more reclusive which will have an impact on nhs funds, children may not have strong literacy skills which will impact education and the unemployed will struggle to find jobs without access to the internet. All ofthis has a hidden cost far higher than the county has considered.
christine mccarthy TRUSTHORPE, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
libraries are needed for the local people
Emma Bee ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
This is such an important resource for local children to encourage them to enjoy reading and for the activities too
Hayley Morris SKEGNESS, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I firmly believe that Alford library is a valuable asset to the community. It’s closure would have an impact on so many people.
ian bull WINCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
What little knowledge or education i have comes from books,not school.
Graham Turk NORTH HYKEHAM, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
During my school years, I was a regular visitor to my local library. Now with a young family , I wish the same for my daughter.
Bethany Turk NORTH HYKEHAM, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I have always supported my local library and have just moved back to North Hykeham . As a full time teacher, I encourage education and learning for the young and believe easy access is vital to the process.
Linda Robinson NORTH CAVE, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Important that libraries are available to all.
James Llewellyn LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Access to information and knowledge was the starting spark of the enlightenment, which our civilization is built on.
Even if library membership is low, our libraries still represent our society’s commitment to providing access to free knowledge for all, not just for those that can afford it.
Maria McCann GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Because I’m proud of the British library system. It’s a precious heritage.
marian taylor LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
the library is not just about books important tho` that is but about being a meeting point for all the people in an area .I have belonged to the Lincoln branch for over sixty years and cannot believe that it`s going to be dumped on volunteers- it deserves professional, knowledgeable officers to help it`s clients .Shame on you .
John Robinson BIRMINGHAM, UK, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I grew up in Lincolnshire and I’m a degree holding librarian.
gillian nicholls LOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
i take my daughter regulary to our local libarary so she can choose books that interest and stimulate her it would be a shame tono longer be able to do this
FAY HOULTBY LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
My local village library is due to close. We are trying to encourage children to read books the we take away the place where they have the opportunity to choose from a variety without having to buy.
Allison Moore ABY, ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
We need our library in Alford as several schools use it and I takeme children there every week and they would greatly miss it if it was too close.
We wouldn’t visit any other library as they are too far away.
Edward Reid NORWOOD ONTARIO, CANADA about 1 month ago
Libraries and books contain knowledge and things that are not found on internet, will be lost of libraries are lost… besides, not everyone has access to a computer
west sarah LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
This is an essential community resource.
john stevenson ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
because we need it
Helen Trevor LOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
My children and father regularly use our local library.
caroline jesney ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
We live in a small town/village, with little chance of travelling unless you drive which me and my partner don’t, the library in alford is very important, not only for knowledge but also somewhere for the kids to learn and go during summer holidays, local library’s shouldn’t be got rid of, they are a need!
Linda Page GRANTHAM, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are an important resource for local communities. Children need access to free to read books; pensioners value being able to borrow books and meet people. Libraries are more than just a place to borrow books from; they provide info, computer access and company for the lonely.
jayne boulton ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
it is handy for borrow books for the kids
Brandon Hillyard LINCONSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
We should keep the library open as it is the only place me and my friends meet after is also a very valid use for researchers such as myself for coursework and homework so we should keep using the library how we usually do
crystal Bowness ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Our community relies on this library for important school Work, learning and general reading/internet usage. Would be a great shame to lose it.
Rachael Buckett ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
My and my 5 yr old son aways use the library for borrowing books and DVD’s but more importantly the use of the internet and printer which alot of homes can’t afford, without this service it would make my life a lot harder and my son would really miss his weekly visits their, also the schools depend a lot on the services at the library and the kids love going their
sherry goddard ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
my kids us this libabry
leigh jasper BOSTON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
its inportant for me and my children, its a place u can have quite time a place were children can do home work a place with knowlage 🙂
Taryn Johnston ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Living in a rural area the libraries are a life line for some. I regularly use my local library and already opening times are reduced making it difficult to access. Don’t lose this facility completely!
Elisabeth Harwood SPILSBY, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Local libraries are a vital community resource, not only for borrowing books (and DVDs, talking books etc) but as a social hub, for education, to introduce children to reading and enjoying books and promoting this love as they grow up. I adore my library, so much better than Amaon or a Kindle!!
Laura Allen ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
To preserve learning facilities for future generations
deborah foxwell ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
heart of the town
Sarah Crome ALEXANDRIA, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago Like 2
I used to live in Lincolnshire and used the library a lot. I would hate to see any library closures. I think they are fundamental assets in the community and at the heart of the community.
steph squires ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
LCC want to close libraries to save money, but at what cost? Our children use them from a young age, books are so important to their growth and education, our school age children use them for homework clubs and to access the internet, OAP’s use them as a networking base when they maybe wouldn’t see anyone else that day and SO much more inbetween.
We need LONGER HOURS, not closures!!!!!!!!
Think this doesn’t affect YOU? Think again, if nothing else, we don’t need even more empty units in our towns!
andrea hewitt MABLETHORPE, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago Like 1
my children love the library and love reading i think once the libraries have gone that will be it the goverment already say kids are lazy and cant be bothered to read how will it be with no libraries they need promoting not downgrading
steph squires ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
My children use this library, without it they will have less access to such a wide range of books. Reading is essential for their education. The Library is an essential part of our community, the computers provide vital internet access for children using them for homework, the elderly use it as a networking location, when they possibly wouldn’t see another human being that day and if nothing else, Alford does not need ANOTHER vacant shop unit!
LCC want to save £2m (?) by closing our libraries, but at what cost????????
Dee Waite WOODHALL SPA, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
It is an essential local amenity for all age groups particularly for the encouragement of children to read and enjoy books and one I use on a regular basis
Geoffrey Allen ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
The opportunity for everyone to have ready access to library services is a funfamental need which should be at the very top of the County Council’s responsibilities to deliver with our money.
Angela Smith SPALDING, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Our libraries are more than just book lenders they are social centres of communities
Nicola Hall LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Local libraries offer a vital lifeline for local communities to access services they either cannot afford or just do not have. They can be a link to the outside world for some. They have a variety of services for everyone from the very young to the local information, storytime for babies and toddlers (plus a place for young mums to meet and make friends) Access to the internet to name but a few. Under NO circumstances should they be shut!!
Christine Pritchard FRANCE about 1 month ago
ex Senior Library Assistant for Lincolnshire Libraries.
In spite of the spread and availabilty of IT I feel that it’s very important to have books easily available especially for children. Books inspire the imagination so much more than visual aids such as TV & DVD’s and many parents cannot afford to buy books on a regular basis.
rosie cole NORTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I was born in Lincoln, and my mum used to take me to ermine library every week,
Sheila Flatters LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
To support our local library in North Hykeham
Wendy Holmes NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
we need local help educate and broaden the mind
Rick Merrall CAISTOR, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Caistor’s library at the Arts and Heritage Centre has only been open for a short time and already LCC want to pull the plug on it despite being fully aware of it’s importance to the community and the vital funding needed to keep this important facility alive. We have been here before; libraries are seen as a soft target when it comes to saving money but it must not be allowed to happen.
Carol Gibson LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Because local services are disappearing rapidly. Books are important to all age groups as are the internet facilities and social interaction in small communities.
Andy Foster LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Important for kids to access
Jenny Hopwood LOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Children get excited about visiting their local Library and choosing their book, if families do not have a local Library anymore and haven’t got a mode of transport they will not be able to continue doing this.
I find it useful for booking out books that give information on the College course that I am completing.
Due to times being hard it is necessary that books are able to be booked out free of charge. Not everyone can afford to buy them which will be the future in the Libraries are closed.
Roy Jillings LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Because it represents yet another step towards the Non-education not only for young people but for adults as well. Reading can be a pleasure, whilst gaining knowledge and also relaxing, and we certainly need plenty relaxation with this incompetent lot.
Stephanie Westman LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I know how much my own children enjoyed their visits to the local library. This is where their enjoyment of reading began. We used both the mobile service in Middle Rasen and the Market Rasen Library. I think that children in more rural areas will be at a disadvantage if the smaller libraries are closed.
Emily Johns LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are an essential community service & important for all members of the community, children, adults, older people.
sandra stout SPALDING, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries provide an important service, particularly in rural areas – books, dvd, computer access as well as other activities.
Anne Gosling BOSTON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
By planning to close the library in Boston, you are denying adults/children who are keen/educational readers the opportunity of being able to borrow books.
Unfortunately not everyone can afford to buy new books from book stores
Rita Montague MARKET RASEN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
The libraries are a vital part of the community. They do not just do books.
Beverly Warren HOLBEACH, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are a source of information and education for all ages and a good centre for the community
Sally Scott FISKERTON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Use the library for research, take the grandchikldren when they are here & see yougsters in Cherry Willingham library after school working: where will they go if it closes
Bob Springall CAISTOR, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Because I read, meet with friends and other members of the community there
Cherryl Beckett LINCOLN, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
vital service the closure may well end my ability to use the library
Claire Roberts LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Keeping the community together. Free access to books.
Mary Charlton METHERINGHAM, LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are important to every community. They should be kept open and run professionally as they are now.
Chris Leak CHRIS, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are an essential part of any community and should not close
June Jarman GAINSBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are vital to community, especially who can’t afford buying books
Richard Leighton LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are a central support for building literacy in young people, they are open centres of learning and information for adults and a crucial aspect of social engagement/interaction for older citizens.
deborah jackson SCUNTHORPE, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
we all like to read children need it that when they stop kidnapping them
Lesley Langley SPALDING, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Library in Long Sutton is the hub of the community. Long may it continue!
Emma Overton SPALDING, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Because my 4 year old child uses our local library regularly, to read, learn and take home books
Keith Blagg WORKSOP, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Why important to me : because libraries are an essential part of our communities.
Joan Blagg WORKSOP, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are important for education, communication, knowledge & most of all leisure.
Lisa Brewin STAMFORD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Community libraries are vital for access to information and learning resources. To love books you need libraries.
Melanie Grocock LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
The local library in North Hykeham gave me my love of books. Growing up without any spare cash, I would never have managed to read so much without the library.
Glyniss Bewley LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
We live too far from Lincoln city to be popping into the local book store or the main library. We use Market Rasen library at least once a week and my daughter enjoys going in and choosing her books or DVD’s as well as catching up with our friends whilst there. The young and the elderly benefit from the use of local libraries and it would be a digrace to close them down…surely money can be saved elsewhere within the council.
Wendy Trotter WOODHALL SPA, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
This is an ‘older’ community with many people not owning computers or Kindles. Our library is therefore well used and for a rural community with limit public transport the library becomes extremely important.
Gordon Rogers LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Rural area, vital for young and old
Charis Ratcliff LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I am only 4 years old but all the staff at Birchwood Library know me by name. I go at least twice a month, (more during holidays) to get books and DVD’s.
Shane Bower LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Information and education should be easily accessible to the poorest of Council normally wastes so much of my Council Tax but i refuse to allow them to push this proposal through without a fight!
Jesse Ratcliff LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I use the Birchwood library all the time as do both my children. It is important to encourage out children to read and explore their imagination and access to a range of books is vital for that.
Rosemary Lether WOODHALL SPA, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Since being a young child I have always considered libraries important to every community. My book club is provided by Woodhall Spa library and it would make a huge difference to us all if this service was no longer available. 9 out of our 10 members are retired and are all becoming more reliant on local amenaties.
Sue Longman KIRTON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are more important now than ever before. The joy of reading needs to be encouraged. Having a local library can improve poor literacy skills and encourage regular reading for children whose home environment does not include books and give internet access for those who cannot afford it. Please don’t remove this valuable asset from our community.
Paul Childs GAINSBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I use the library for books on a regular basis and regard it as the best free resource we get for our council tax.
Janet Lyus CAISTOR, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
The library is one of the few free places that anyone from the community can go. People without computers can get access there, children can have a quiet place to do their homework, others can meet there and have as coffee together. Libraries can demonstrate the value of reading.
Claire Smallman TRUSTHORPE, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are vital because books will always be read and libraries provide such a wonderful opportunity to gain knowledge from books and to enjoy books. Now with other facilities available in libraries their importance and survival is essential.
Richard Groombridge WOODHALL SPA, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Not only does it serve as a library, but as a centre of contact, for forms etc
samantha Pool GRIMSBY, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
It is important for anyone who has an interest in reading, it should be available for people to use
carolynn woodhead CAISTOR, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Literacy and education
Roger Clarke CAISTOR, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I use the library, for books, computers, social and café facilities within walking distance of home.
Suzanne Davey NORTH SOMERCOTES, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
For my children
Beverly Sargeant NORTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
although I do not live locally I believe passionately in access to the materials and services libraries provide. As a registered user of local library I can access services around the whole of the country.
John Dicker CAISTOR, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
we need these for education for the young and the retired. Also, they are social gathering points.
Ann Cross CAISTOR, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago Like 1
Availability of vast resources. Community links and a nice place to go
Angie Dewick-Eisele ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago Like 1
Children are not able to travel after school on buses to an alternative library on public transport, Alford has high level of low income families, youth pass time away here on computers if they were not in the library they would be on the street getting into trouble. it is part of the heart of the community
Patricia Rowe LOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago Like 1
Libraries are SO important as they are multifunctional. Providing education, social contact, community benefits. Stimulating childrens imaginations, Computer skills/ use of for those who have no computer…..the list goes on.
Jacqueline Merrison WOODHALL SPA, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Community and young generations future
Sally Harman NETTLETON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
It is so important to keep these rural communities alive and the library is key to this issue. It provides a focus for communities to keep together. Otherwise people suffer and communities die.
Aiden Wood CAISTOR, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Every community needs a library!
Jacqueline Wood CAISTOR, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
The library in our town particularly is extremely well used. It is also a community facility where people come together.
Pat Whitley LOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Access to libraries effects the future literacy of our children & grandchildren. Closure is a giant step backwards which could have far-reaching consequences.
Rachel M Denton MARKET RASEN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
As a tutor it is essential that ALL of my students (and not just those who can afford these things at home) have ready access to books and internet information. The local library is essential for this. To close it would be a direct discrimination against the poor.
May Jones SKEGNESS, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
This is a community space which is the core to society. If we lose our community spaces where will the community meet? Go for help? Use computers? Hire books and videos? Etc etc let’s keep them and work them harder.
Ailsa Wish LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
To reduce stress and mental health and reduce isolation in an ageing population
William Smith CAISTOR, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Everyone has worked so hard to make the Library and Heritage centre work . If the Library closes it would destroy all the community spirit which has developed around the Centre.
Gillian Sutton SWALLOW, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I live in a small village and we rely on our local library so that we can run our village book group, a vital asset when we have so little services in our small villlage.
susan tovar NETTLETON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are fundamental to a civilised society. They should be the last thing to cut, not one of the first.
Rosemary Stimpson STAMFORD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are an important source of learning, and socialising for all the community. You cannot replace books with the internet – which isn’t accessible for everyone. Libraries are a hub in the community.
Ruth Smith CAISTOR, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Need to keep libraries open in small communities as it is a life line for information, resources, books and social interaction.
Dorothy Burke LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries have been and still are an important resource for information, learning and pleasure, free to all to benefit from. To close them is a retrograde step for all thinking people
Ann Stoker LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Not everyone can afford to buy books or afford a computer to access books online. Therefore, for some public libraries are a lifeline.
Dale mackie GRIMSBY, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
all libraries are important small or big you take the library away and you take part of the community away….
IAN SHORT CAISTOR, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
THE LIBRARY MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE TO OUR COMMUNITY
Sheila Broster CAISTOR LINCOLNSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Since becoming a volunteer in our library I realise what an essential place it is for everyone. Librarians are a font of knowledge about books and authors, about the village/town/area and are continuously helping people to find information, use the computer and update people on certain issues. They are a friendly face in the community and must have made many friends themselves.
To stop this would be a tragedy particularly in rural areas. For goodness sake think of ways to change but keep the library open.
Anthony Stuart Edlund Brown MARKET RASEN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I agree that a village library is a community asset and its closure is another sign that rural communities are being ignored by our politicians
Sheila Broster CAISTOR LINCOLNSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Since becoming a volunteer at our library I realise what an essential place it is for everyone. Librarians are a fount of knowledge continuously helping with enquires about books and authors, sharing book information, helping on computers, giving information about the area and local events. They are a friendly face in the community and often a friend too. They are to be applauded. Rather – think of new ways to keep the libraries than squash this vital service which is even more important in rural areas.
alan caine CAISTOR, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
libraries are the lifeblood of communities
Irene Claffey LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I took both my children to Ravensdale Library, now they take their children. They get so much enjoyment out of all the different sizes and topics. Such a shame that you want to take away such an innocent delight. I know they have books at school and home, but these are special you can hunt for new ones, or find old ones and read them again, it’s exciting and feeds their imagination.
Dan Corkin LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Because libraries are a top-class civic amenity which should never be taken away from citizens, most certainly none whatsoever should be taken away in such a poor county.
Kathleen Langley LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
My local library is Birchwood. I am a pensioner and the journey to Lincoln central library would be difficult and too expensive. The local schools take their pupils to visit this library regularly and to take this facility away would be wrong. It is a valuable part of their education.
Isabel Hawkins SKEGNESS, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Our libraries are precious. The enable everyone in the community to access all forms of information and knowledge.
fred houghton LINCOLN, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I like to go read books and have a bit of relax
Katherine Powell LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
the libraries give good learning resources
julie mann LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
important part of the community provides a support tool for the elderly, somewhere for them to go if they are lonely, access to reference material, computer, papers etc not just a facility to take out books
Geoffrey Charrett MABLETHORPE, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
My wife & I use the library regularly – as a retured couple we have too many books already and don’t want to buy more! Also it is good to browse for new authors.
Ashley Berg BOSTON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
On a purely selfish note, I think the UK’s literacy is more important than funding India’s unwanted space programme or African millionaires!!
Tasha Berg BOSTON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
We don’t all own ebook readers and can’t afford to download books especially not non-fiction for homework. Libraries should be easily available to all.
Gary Berg BOSTON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Books should be more available to all not just those who can afford to travel to a library and certainly a proper library with librarians who know their job not do-gooders doing people out of jobs.
Kathleen Collingham WELLINGORE,LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Essential service to the welfare, mental health and education for ordinary people.
Grant Allan ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
neither of the two world wars managed to shut libraries they are a sign of a civilised society and should be kept in a professional manner. Why must LCC always try to be first as they were with primary scool meals and that was a costly mistake that had to be reversed do they never learn
Joan Hollies LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
we are loosing all our facility,s
Alice Flear NEWARK, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I’m a librarian and dedicated bibliophile.
Nicole Malthouse JARROW, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Not everyone can afford internet access or even books that are needed for college or university. This is to give the younger generation a greater start in life and to develop educational skills. What is education without a library?
Cllr Paul Wood LONG BENNINGTON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Keeping libraries is important to local communities and learning
Jack Wood LOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I know people who use the Libraries in the area for internet connection
Pip Divall LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Because libraries are important to every community!
Katharine Sutton MARKET HARBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
It’s important that all children have access to books from an early age and for some children, libraries are the only places where they can get this
Brad Mumby LOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
because i have friends in the industry.
Charlotte Sutton LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries should be a human right; a place where everyone can really be equal. Access to knowledge should be a priority.
sarah sutton LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
because libraries are a free way to provide education and leisure to millions, closing them is apalling
Emma Kirkup LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I grew up in libraries- they were a source of adventure for a child who couldn’t afford new books. The librarians were my friends and always had a stack of books that they had picked out for me whenever I visited. I believe I have learnt the most important life lessons from books supplied by libraries, and a considerable part of my education was supplied by them as well. If Lincolnshire’s libraries are closed, you would essentially be removing valuable education and opportunities for many of Lincolnshire’s residents. They are an important part of our culture and heritage, and to remove them would show the council to be unprofessional and out of touch with their people’s needs, serving only themselves and their wages, and showing no ability to think long-term for the good of the county.
Michael Smith LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are a vital community facility for both adults and children
John Evans NETTLEHAM, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Local accessable libraries have been recognised for many decades as being a very important educational tool and meeting point for research. It is short sighted to close them or rely on volunteers we dont do that with schools, both are staffed by professionals. Look where the costs have increased over the past 10years and you will see it is in salaries for the senior managers in public service.
John Kilcoyne LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are a sign of a civilised society. I grew up and spent many of my adult years with the benefit of Carnegie libraries in many towns. If the libraries are taken away, they won’t be brought back.
Kate Firth ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
It is a very important facility for myself and my children who enjoy using it
Shelagh Harrison LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
My children used Tattershall Library so much when they lived at home both for school work and pleasure. It would be awful if the present generation didn’t have these facilities
Michelle Morton STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
This was my childhood library.
Lorraine Thompson DOBBS FERRY, NY about 1 month ago
Libraries were my second home as a child. I visited weekly, sometimes twice weekly, each time bringing home a stack of books. Librarians were my helpmates. Once they knew what I liked, they set aside books for me or suggested series. Through books, I learned about other places and times and developed a rich imaginative life. The foundation that libraries gave me still supports me today in my work as a professional copywriter. Please do not close Lincolnshire libraries.
Carolyn Paul STOKE-ON-TRENT, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I grew up in Hykeham, it’s very important for kids in the area to have access to books, which without the library they would not have.
Maia Tellier CHAPEL HILL, NC about 1 month ago
I love libraries! Everyone should have access to one. This is about community!
Carol Bennett NOCTON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
The idea that volunteers can replace paid librarians is a unworkable; the suggestion that local citizens can club together to run their own libraries is a hollow gesture. The County Council has a responsibility to provide a library service, in a county where low levels of literacy is an issue. Libraries are not a ‘frill.’
Alison Austin BOSTON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries widen horizons
Andrea Gillies EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Is it an overstatement to say that reading is vital in the soul of our nation? No. It is an understatement.
Peter Shelton LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
It’s important to my friend.
Mandy Rchardson LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
There are a local source of inspiration to all generations open and local to all. Children cannot always have access to libraries in the city local libraries are important and need to be kept open
SA Beaty WELBOURN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
The “consultation” document has no options other than ones which reduce library services and in so doing reduce yet again the number of people who will be able to access them. Why wouldn’t it be constructive to look at options exploring ways that library resources could be used by more of us more often ?
John Fulwood ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Need to have a communication and information centre in a rural town. Many people do not have broadband access and the library is the only place they can use computers.
Cathy Scott ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I love reading
Keith Butters ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
My local library is a source of audio books which I use all the time.
Karen Nichols FIFE, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
The world is found in books. Knowledge is empowerment.
Patricia Beard BIRCHWOOD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I feel a lot of older people could not get into town to use the city library also families with younger children prabaly couldn’t afford to travel into town
Christine Rushby SWINESHEAD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
As an ex Librarian I know how important a local library is. A source for help and information as well as books of course. A library is often the first step in a love of books for a child. The people who wish to close the libraries should perhaps visit a few and see how essential they are.
Harry Dewick-Eisele ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I have 4 daughters who are using the library and my wife and I are also borrowing books. However, the main reason why the library is important is because it functions as a meeting place and computer access for a large number of youngsters who obviously otherwise have little to do. Especially in winter, there is otherwise precious little going on in town for teenagers. Closing the libraries will push these teenagers onto the street which is not good for them nor the community and will cost the taxpayer lots of money in the future, as the youngsters could get involved in crime.
Karen Smith KIRTON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I use my local library a lot, it’s very convenient for me as I live and work in Kirton, its the heart of the community
Joan Clarke LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I use my local library regularly and feel it is an important part of the community.
Ray Lucas ENFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
All libraries are important.
David robertson LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
A mobile library provides a visual opportunity to improve education and intellect.
Susan Payne LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Our local libraries (mine is Branston) forge links between all our educational resources for all ages groups. The provision of local libraries has been a progressive step for self-improvement. Removing them is retrograde and ignores those people who are less well-off and those unable to travel distances.
Sally Wilkinson LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Access to reading material should be available to all
Emrys Kok SEATTLE, WA about 1 month ago
Seriously, when an american – a prime example of hilariously poor education and knowledge for a first-world country – is calling you out on trying to stamp out centers of knowledge for the sake of a budget? You have seriously made mistakes in life.
Berry Daines PEMBROKE DOCK, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I spent my childhood in various Lincolnshire libraries. There is no sensible reason to close any of them now.
john jenkins LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Great resource for all ages.
deborah finney MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
places around the uk cant just keep closing the people do still have a say or do they
Samuel Lucas RETFORD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
As a previous Librarian of Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln I know the valuable work that Lincolnshire libraries do.
Deborah Hine LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I always went to my local library as a kid. I still use it today and so do many people I know.
Doreen Green LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
As a Parish Clerk I sign in the Parish Councils support of the Parishioner’s on Dunston in regard of the retention of the Metheringham branch.
Kate Burgess BICKER, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Please don’t close our libraries. We will never get them back
Frank Smit SCHOORL THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS about 1 month ago
I hate talking with not-so-well educated British people, the ones I currently know are, I hope the ones I will meet in future keep the same level, keeping libraries open will sure help!
CLAIRE VERGETTE GRIMSBY, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I take my 3 year old daughter she loves having the variety of books and it teaches her to respect books.
peter day CAISTOR, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
With no large supermarket other outlets to buy or hire cd.s etc with only a 2 hourly bus service the library is a mainstay for myself and others. Why not think laterally and close the libraries in larger communities eg, Lincoln, Gainsborough where alternative facilities and are more easily accessible.
brian garden BRECHIN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
first source of learning material
Duncan Ritchie BRECHIN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
books should be available to those that can’t afford to purchase them.
Glen Sharplin LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
It’s a vital resource for our communities!
david mckendrick LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
libraries are a superb community asset
Sabha Allam GRIMSBY, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are crucial to communities and especially for children growing up.
Sally Vergette KEELBY AREA, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I think libraries are particualarly important to teach and encourage children about books and reading. They are also excellent for the over 60’s.
John Streeter BOSTON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I use the library very frequently
Vic Hall BALDERTON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I spent over 25 years in Lincolnshire and used it’s libraries.. My parents spent a lot longer. I would hate to see them closed for the sake of many of our friends.
Mekala Franklin LINCOLN, SINGAPORE about 1 month ago
I take my daughter to the library. every Friday morning for the bookstart session. It is an important way of getting children reading. The library in the city centre’s bookstart session is on a day I work and I would have to pay for parking.
Lisa Gabriel LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries provide resources that are much needed in all communities.
Vlad Svoka TORONTO, CANADA about 1 month ago
Libraries are very important.
David Bumbles SWINDON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Community libraries in both towns and villages are vital for much broader reasons than books/DVDs. Online access, advice and as a forum for reading groups and learning
Deborah Lee LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Closing libraries would be to deny public access to the gateway to knowledge. It would be a national disgrace.
Joanne McCord SKEGNESS, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Because reading is very important and libraries provide so many books for everyone to share. They are also places for communities to meet, use the computers and look things up. They are so very important and must NOT be closed.
Parveen Noor LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are essential resources. Reading for pleasure is one of the greatest gifts we can give children . I am a primary school teacher so I really value these brilliant resources.
damyanti patel ROYAL LEAMINGTON SPA, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Public libraries are a necessary resource for the community
David Farris LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
These valuable resources provide Education, Information & Entertainment
Lindsey Slapp LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Library provision is a statutory requirement, and Lincolnshire County Council are abdicating their responsibility to provide a comprehensive and efficient Library Service across the county by cutting Libraries and forcing community groups to provide their own libraries. There has been no consideration given as to the impact on communities of the loss of libraries. Libraries give a safe space for children to study for their GCSEs, provide meeting rooms for community groups, and provide essential access to technology demanded by state welfare providers. The cuts will also adversely impact the disabled and those who do not have decent transport provision to travel to their nearest (post cut) library. Their has been no thought or care as to the practicalities of these changes or to the loss of expertise of professional library staff, who will lose their jobs, and those whose salaries will be cut as a result of their loss of staff supervision. The County Council need to be made aware that they cannot abdicate responsibility and nor can they continue to adversely impact the very people for whom statutory Library provision was enshrined.
Valerie Morris HARROGATE, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are an important part of every community and closing them has damaging and far reaching consequences.
rachel petyt GRIMSBY, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
our library provides a focal point for the village as a meeting place and connects all ages to the benefits of the written word and keep people in touch with current events and village life by either news papers, talks or information that is available for free fro everyone.
lorna Forrester SCARBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are at the heart of functioning communities,,,,,,we ckose them at our peril.
Patrick Gilliland OTTAWA, CANADA about 1 month ago
The internet is not a substitute for books.
Joseph Burns BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries gave us power.
Sally Butler LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
It provides a educational resource for people who have left school. Plus a place for children to learn during holidays. Plus a very necessary resource for the unemployed or those on low income.
Georgia RTS LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Elizabeth Ashby GREATFORD, NR STAMFORD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Not just because I’m a literary agent, but because libraries should be at the centre of our culture, making books available to everyone
Sylvia Holdsworth BRANSTON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
We visit regularly to order and pick up books with the staff being so helpful
Ann Keeble STOKE ON TRENT, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries make society civilised and fair. They bring communities together, educate and inform in a positive manner
Julie Templeton` CARLISLE, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
My children went to my local library every week, both grew up with a love of literature. Short sited to reduce access for future generations.
Lora Binz GRANTHAM, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Self-proclaimed book worm passionate about education
Steve Barnard WHITBY, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are a vital community resource that should be being developed not cut
Emma Snook MARKET DRAYTON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are vital resources to our communities.
Jeanette Walker ABERDEEN, NJ about 1 month ago
I have friends in Lincoln and I work in a local library in a small town in NJ/USA. I know the value of libraries in small towns and that deferring to big city libraries doesn’t work. Local libraries tailor to local needs, tying in with school programs, pensioners groups, computer stations, etc. Please find the way to keep library service to all residents, not just those of the bigger towns/cities.
Owen Jones LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Because libraries gave us power
Helen Bennett CAISTOR, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Books should be available to all. Libraries are a vital service.
Alistair Brown LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Electronic books are an additional useful tool but should never totally replace the written word – our society has, and will continue, to depend on it!!
daphne cunningham LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
forgive me if my thinking is wrong.wasent the mobiles for the use of outlying villages,i understand that I live in a town which is growing every about all the people who rely on the library for study,books and free internet.i thought we paid for these services in our rates.
Jake Morrison LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are an important part of the fabric of our communities. An important piece of the jigsaw.
Stephanie Woodward BOSTON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Because a library is an important centre in any village or town. Children can learn the joys of books, share holiday activities; adults can use all the facilities over and above borrowing books. Migrants can and do use them, helping with their integration into our language and culture. Not everyone can afford a computer or smart phone, or even books. Libraries are for everyone and cutting them hits once more at the least well off.
Sue Ransome BOSTON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
No more cuts in services in Lincolnshire
Grace Wheatley PETERBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are just fantastic places, and so necessary for our communities
Dan Ellin LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are about so much more than borrowing/lending books.
Mary Russell CARRIGALINE, IRELAND about 1 month ago
Libraries are an important resource for any community.
Sandra Jackson DONCASTER, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
My family live in Lincs.
Gary Baker LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
when the ability to educate ourselves for free. by studying at Libraries. will Leave thousands or poorer people. with Little choice or ambition to aim for.
Hambo Moni LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are a main hub to any community and are central to the lives of the young and elderly in particularly even though people of all ages use it. Take this away and you remove the heart of a community.
India Knight LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Because closing down libraries is closing down culture.
Robert Willows-Chamberlin LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are the source of joy for many & with their death comes a death to that joy also. Moreover, libraries serve as introducing many young children to reading for the first time, and can set them on their way for a lifetime of reading. Without this first stepping stone, many may never embark on the journey of reading – a journey for which libraries provide the perfect starting point.
Nick Garland SPALDING, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
My local library was invaluable to me when I was growing up, providing both a huge amount of help with my studies in school and a source of immense pleasure. Younger people deserve the opportunities they provide too. Cutting off free access to reading matter for young people at such a time can only serve to harm social mobility.
Sarah Carter BEDFORD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Because Louth library helped me with my love of reading, by my being able to borrow and read books for free, when as a child from a poor family, I would not have been able to buy books
Rachel Brown NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
ALL libraries are important. If you can’t get that into your head, then you probably shouldn’t be in charge of their funding, or indeed your own meals.
Brett goodale NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libarys are more than just books, they are custodians of adventures waiting to happen.
Dawn Heath LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I would miss my local library very much if it closed and I am sure lots of others would too!
belinda allan LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
libraries are central to communities, valuable facilities and provide access to educational resources that are not accessible to everyone at home.
Harry Sharp LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
The true preservation of knowledge lies within books and the experience of reading them. Limiting this is a sign of being intellectually backwards. Do not let money affect the preservation of fact and fiction.
Helen Beesley MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries matter they are the heart of a community and without heart a community dies.
Cynthia Smith AUSTIN, TX about 1 month ago
As a children’s-teen author, I regularly visit neighborhood libraries and appreciate their importance to young readers.
Rose Lucas LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Helen Smith LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I developed my love of reading by borrowing books from my local library when I was a chil.
Laura Simpkins GRANTHAM, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I believe the local libraries are an extremely important resource for the people of Lincolnshire and act as a community hub. Within my working life I have learnt of the importance of the local libraries to their surrounding communities and have ran various campaigns through the libraries in the South Holland District.
Holly Clarke LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
“And every book, you find, has its own social group of its own it wants to introduce you to, like a party in the library that need never, ever end” – Caitlin Moran.
I spent hours pouring over books in the Birchwood library as a child, devouring fiction and non-fiction, every subject prompting new discoveries and tangents. More recently I have interned at Caistor Arts and Heritage Centre, which houses the Caistor library and have seen first hand how it spurrs informal learning for adults and children. Libraries can be the lifeblood of communities with the right resources and outreach but they need to be accessible!
Paula Conway NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I love my library, I don’t want any to close. It’s a good resource for people who can’t afford to buy books
Phil Culmer HEIGHINGTON, LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are essential, especially with the massive rise in poverty. For many people, they are the only way to access vital information and services.
Catherine Orkney LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
A library service is one which should be a universal service and one which helps to address the inequalities in education
Trevor Beaumont SPILSBY, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I am an avid reader and regularly use the Mobile Library which visits once a month at Ashby by Partney.
Steve Ronson SPILSBY, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are important. It is an opportunity to access books and media freely. Often this is the only way for families to access media freely. Children need libraries. It is typical of the elitist Tories to withdraw funding, as they and their rich supporters can do without them. Remove the library facility and you will deny millions access to literature and education.
Hazel Barnard MARKET RASEN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
This is a facility we must not lose
Stan & Freda Bullock LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
When I was a child my local Library in Rothwell, Leeds opened up a whole world of knowledge for me. To see this lost to future children would be a tradgedy
Frank May ROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND about 1 month ago
All libraries are important for all ages to have access to knowledge through factual information and entertainment through fictional written literature.
John Wood SLEAFORD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Access to libararies is one of the things which helped to raise levels of knowledge amongst poorer people. Could this be one of the many reasons behind the government cuts? Or am I just paranoid?
Janet Lister HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
The library is vital to the whole community both for learning & as an access point.
margaret green WAINFLEET ALL SAINTS, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are not just a place to borrow books, but a meeting place for groups i.e our knit and knatter group which then these groups go on to do charitable things like knit blankets for premature babies, knit poppies for the poppy appeal, the list is endless. other groups have their own agenda. With no meeting place these charities will suffer, its a snowball effect. also in rural areas the public transport service is very poor
Kimberly Graff OLATHE, KS about 1 month ago
Because EVERYONE should have access to books, computers, and the knowledge libraries have.
Laurie Love JACKSONVILLEBLVDJACKSONVILLE, FL about 1 month ago
I’m a reader, a writer and a library lover.
Gerald Finningley LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I use the libraries every week for read the out what is going on in Lincoln and will I go for these services if no Libraries are MISTAKE to close any of the libraries.
Lynn Hutchinson LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are not just for borrowing books, they help educate our young people, who are our country’s future and you want to prevent that? They are a community facility, not just for books, they are the heart of many a village and you want to break that heart, why? I know you have to make cuts but education is too important for you to take it away with removing our libraries, they are not just a soft target, think again.
Thomas Breeze LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are essential for learning, reference, research and recreation.
David Hackett NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Books the best self learning system there is
victoria ayling STICKFORD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Spilsby library is too valuable to the community to lose
Louise Robinson LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are and can be the heart of the community.
They are key to teaching our children about words, language, reading, books, how to access information, the internet.
They are invaluable.
What price can you put on inspiring children, and indeed adults, to read.
Without an ability to read the world is a very small and terrifying place, and your options to thrive are limited.
In limiting access to libraries surely “they” are limiting access to a host of other services.
albert hunt LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libaries are a lot of peoples rouie to education
Layla Betts NORTH HYKEHAM, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I have always used the local libraries and have fond memories from my childhood. I believe it started my love for books and I hope to be able to continue taking my daughter to our local library!!
Alison Zhu LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I’m horrified by these proposals. Libraries are the heart of the community and play a crucial role in improving literacy. Such short-sighted cuts ignore the harm that will be caused to educational achievement and community cohesiveness – these should surely be high priorities for the government. What do we pay our taxes for?
Steven Cooley II HOLBEACH SAINT JOHNS, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Seriously? There’s enough kids in this country who don’t speak English as it is. Lets just make things worse.
Astrid Tillisch JUELSMINDE, DENMARK about 1 month ago
Because libraries are important.
Alan Gurbutt MABLETHORPE, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Literacy is key to understanding the world. Too often children start and finish school with low literacy levels. Libraries provide a vital community link for engaging with books. We need to protect libraries from closure.
Colin Toyne LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I have not been able ( due to health reasons ) to use it as much as I would wish still do some research into various subjects and would find it almost impossible to use the Central Library , please save it for us.
Janet Wilson LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Books should be avaiable to everyone for both pleasure and education. Libraries form vital parts of communities in rural areas as well as towms
Mervyn Hobden LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are the foundation of a literate, productive society – they provide a focus for social cohesion, as well as supporting education.
Heather Hobden LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Local library is essential part of community for recreation, education research, and information. It is also a meeting place for local groups and a place to find help on issues.
Tina Hauton LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
poor people like us cant afford to buy books. It is all right for the rich.
john hauton LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Poor people are not going to be able to buy books. If youre rich, its not a problem.
JOHN PARKIN HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Books and free and equal access to them are fundamental marks of a civilised and cultured society.
Dan McCaughern LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries should not be closed! e-devices are good for some books but cannot display large images -therefore you need a book. Some people have neither computers nor e-readers. Information in factual books usually has a credence that can be faked easier on a website. Books are the best portable readers and are not liable to be stolen whilst using in a public area. Most books are meant to be read as books as that was the medium they were written for. They are instant. Therefore young and old need to be encouraged to use the library (I teach guitar and many of my students didn’t realise that there was sheet music available in the library system, as well as study and theory books, as well as CDs as well as DVDs. God i COULD GO ON…….
Jaq Mccaughern LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Knowledge is the passport to freedom, and access to knowledge through libraries essential.
Eleanor Rodda LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I grew up using and learning three of Lincoln Libraries, they are a resource for those who need them most.
Lynne Green LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Local libraries are a vital resource for community life, particularly for children. Education, recreation and access to technology for all.
Daniel Holt LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are a must in lincolnshire. I am a regular user along with my child. If they close the libraries, it will be a great loss to all the others who also use them.
tony burnell LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
My children regularly use the libraries for their education.
Suzanne Paul LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
To save something that is such a useful asset to so many people.
Saffron Roberts MALTA, MALTA about 1 month ago
Because libraries shouldn’t be shut down, we should have more being opened!!
Emma Daniel BRIGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Access to knowledge and the pleasure of reading is a reason to be proud of the UK. Lets ensure we protect what is valuable.
Minnie Driver LOS ANGELES, CA about 1 month ago
Because libraries offer invaluable assistance/resources to everyone.
Meral Kendrick LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
My children deserve free access to books so they can learn and thrive
Karen Scarcliffe CANWICK, LINCOLN,, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
They are hubs of our community, children need access to libraries, and some cannot afford to buy books or just would like to borrow and not buy, without travelling miles.
Catherine Mann LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are a life blood
Angela Wall LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Local libraries are important to so many people. Young children can develop a love of reading throught the variety of books available and for many older people there are a vital part of local community life. Many would be unable to afford to buy many books and could not travel to reach libraries further away.
Bob Hammond HOLBEACH, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
My children use it at least once a week , centre of community
Soraya Smithson STAMFORD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Because it is an amazing resource and would be stupid to lose
Bryan Taylor MARKET RASEN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
We are senior citizens and we use our local library every week for books, DVDs and to put ebooks on our Kobo. We also take our grandchildren there after school. The librarians are wonderful, and we would be very distressed if these people were to be made redundant.
Vic Earle BUCKNALL, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Heritage, History, Education etc. etc. Councillor Hill you will become known as the Dr. Beeching of libraries
Glynis Knotts LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Local access to services are incredibly important for Social Inclusion – many people cannot afford or are unable to travel into town to get to a Library
Jonathan Jarvis LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I use the library regularly; it is a wealth of resources inspiring the young generation, a community centre and a place for Jobseekers to look for work.
sue king LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I enjoy reading
wendy marshall LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I do not use them myself but I am signing this for all the people that do and think it would be a shame if libraries were to dissapear
Rachael Eades LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Public libraries provide an invaluable service to the Community, for young and old. They are a wonderful source of resources, not just books, for the furthering of education. How dare the council try and erode this from our culture – the furtherance of education must be a key to our future.
Tracey Prodger LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
As I have 3 children and we don’t have many facilities around here that are as important as this. A library is an important piece of a childs life as it encourages them to read and provides the variety they need for stimulation. There are lots of better ways the government could save money.
Valerie Earle BUCKNALL, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
An unnecessary degradation of public services, especially hitting rural communities. We are NOT all in it together.
Giles Wynne NORTH HYKEHAM, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
What residents expected from this Council and its Councillors was a budget in the interests of their Constituents, not more capitulation to Governments cut and charges.
Hayley Tweddle MARKET RASEN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
For my son’s future!
Brenda Zaaraoui LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Local communities need an effective library service on their doorstep. I notice it is the more marginal areas are being targeted. All young people should be able to access facilities.
Lynda Skipper LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I use the libraries especially Ermine and it would be a great loss to the community if they were closed.
Esther Allan BRANSTON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Our village library is under threat. Like many other people, we use it a lot and it is a unique and valuable asset to our community. I think everyone should have access to a library because they mean that at any day, any person of any age and from any background, might learn or discover something wonderful. The paid and trained staff are also necessary – it’s a skilled job that can’t be done properly by just anybody. Perhaps paid staff could be supported by some volunteers, but please don’t just make them all redundant. I’m not a library employee myself, I just think that cutting more jobs, especially when so many new housing developments are planned in the area and employment opportunities need to increase, is short sighted and will make the council very unpopular.
NESS FISHER LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Our library holds a billion stories for all ages. If you have a young child & take them regularly they learn to love books. Not Kindles or computers.
Gary Ireland EVANSTON, IL about 1 month ago
LIBRARIES!!!! Are you kidding? What is more important?
Tracey Chandler LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
My children enjoy going to the library to read & also to have access to a wide variety of books.
Jacqueline Kirk GRIMSBY, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Our ancestors fought hard to get free libraries for us. They not only provide books but lots of other activities as well
Marion Potter SPALDING, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries have been the backbone to the community for a very long time and very much needed by everyone of all is this important to you? (Optional)
JO mclaren dunn LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
they have always been used and loved by my family and i think they are still so important for retired people and those with no access to computers
Helen Scott HOLBEACH, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are vital in encouraging children to read & enjoy books. With the governments insistence on putting everything online Libraries are vital to enable everyone to have internet access. Librarians are trained professionals – will we asking for volunteers to undertake brain surgery next?
Mike Perry BIRKENSHAW, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I’ve recently moved away from Lincolnshire, where I was an active, if sporadic, user of the library services. I heard reports from several different sources of the importance of local libraries to young people and children, particularly in rural areas.
Sarah McEwan LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
We are users of Hykeham library and feel very sad it is to be closed. Libraries play a vital role in our community.
Louise Peek BRANSTON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Some libraries need to be kept! What about the elderly and disabled? I thought we were supposed to be about social inclusion?
Dawn Braithwaite GRIMSBY, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Useful information, Photo exhibitions, friendly staff, socialising, very informative information and displays recently of Nettleton, past history.
Amanda L’Estrange LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Our children need to have access to books, and a place where they can learn and absorb information in an environment that is important for learning.
Judy Pereira LINCOLN, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
helps to keep the community alive, important for children as story time sessions are held in the library. It is also vital for the elderly.
janet sutherland HECKINGTON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
gives internet access and books and knowledge to those unable to afford it at home
mark burdett LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
we need libraries !!!
LORNA TOMLIN BIRCHWOOD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
My autistic son uses the library at Birchwood every week.
James Hutchinson FOLKINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
My life is centred on books
Thomas Douglas SPALDING, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Books should always be around as you can’t beat the experience of reading and touching a book. 🙂
Ann Millington LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
We need to keep our libraries as access to free books is very important and limited access through a mobile service would not be sufficient.
Carla Nudd LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
As an English Teacher, MA student, TEFL teacher, and avid reader, I can vouch for the importance of reading to everyone in both an academic, personal and vocational capacity. Closing resources will drastically affect the wider community, from youngsters no longer reading and turning once again to computers, to the older generations who rely on books and their local libraries to keep their brains active, and get out of the house, as a form of social communication, and to to those who enjoy reading but cannot afford to buy books/download books, and like the feel of good old fashioned pages! I could not feel more strongly.
Steven Rodda LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
An open free source of books available to all regardless of IT capability is vital
Nicola Hunt LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
They are part of the community which is lacking in itself
Shradha Mishra LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Because the Library is a key part of the community and without it, many children and adults alike will fall behind in engaging with the community and reading
a b LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
You can’t remove the libraries, they are a valuable resource both to current users and future generations. You talk about the kids not learning to read and write and then you take away another tool at their disposal. You talk about abuse within neglected areas of impoverished society yet you try to remove a means for those abused to escape, even if just for a short time, from their lives. Take away libraries and you condemn those who want to learn! You remove the stories from a five year old and the companionship from a ninety year old. They campaign to build libraries in third world countries yet here you are trying to take away Lincolns!
Izzy Playle NAILSWORTH, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries, and more importantly books, should be easily accessible to all.
Beth Ardner MIDDLETOWN, PA about 1 month ago
Massive cuts to libraries may seem like a good money saving idea, but in the end it hurts more than it helps. Patrons who rely on library services are left without access and there is nothing to fill that gap.
Stuart Jackson LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
The library system represents a hugely valuable cultural resource for all members of a local community, and is a cornerstone of a culturally advanced society.
John McIntyre LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are, or should be, the source of knowledge and learning for EVERYBODY. After water, sewerage and roads they are the most important public service there is.
Charlotte Hope LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries were vital in igniting my interest in books as a child – I hate to think of others being denied this chance.
William Baker LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are a free source of information and inspiration to free to anyone and must always be there.
Angela Morton OWMBY, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Me and my 3 children all use our local library and think it is very important to keep it open for all users. It is an important focal point for the community.
Gemma Dodsworth LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Reading is so important for everyone and closing down libraries will have a negative impact on society, especially younger people.
John Belbin LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
The local library is an essential element of education and relaxation for children and Councillors are ttruly public spirited let them give up their expenses to support the libraries.
Sam Yates LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I use the library as do my children
Kerryanne Bates CAISTOR, LINCOLNSHIRE, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
My husband is disabled and the sole driver in our family. He is unable to walk any distances to attend any other libraries further a field. I also have various medical problems that prevent long journies travelling out to go to other libraries also. Our local library is a real godsend to us. This is why it should not close.
Andrew Thomas GAINSBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Librarys are a vital part of the lives of so many people from children to older people.
Kevin Bates CAISTOR, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
My local library is very important to me because I am disabled and on a very low income, as a consequence I cannot travel to one of the libraries which is further afield.
I live in an area where there is quite high unemployment and many elderly people.
Closing our library would have an enormous effect on our small town.
joanne baker SPALDING, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are more than borrowing books although you can not underestimate the service the librarians give when trying to find and source a good book. A computer can not replicate interaction with fellow humans or the tactile pleasure of holding and examining the dust sheet to find your next read. Libraries are a focal point to many of our citizans and give a place for some of our more isolated residents to interact with others and be noticed if they are absent. They are a source of information pertinent to the loacl area and beyond. Yes a computer could spew forth the same information but only if you know what your actually looking for.
Susan Rodda LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries provide community information, a safe place to do homework and study, a safe place for elderly people to go and choose books and films and speak to somebody. Not everyone can afford to buy books -especially if you are encouraging children to read and learn. Libraries are good for community cohesion. Volunteer run libraries can become a ‘club’ where others feel unwelcome and will stop going. If we get rid of our libraries they will be reinstated in time anyway because people want them and society needs them.
edwin anderson LCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
bause I use the library a lot
Helen Hill LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Everyone should have access to information.
Stephan Milam LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Reading and access to books matters.
Simon Holyoake LOUGHBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Literacy skills are declining in the UK and the government want to prevent open free access to books and reading materials, utterly ridiculous!
Sarah Lamballe MARKET RASEN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Not every child has access to books at home so a library is an essential hub in rural communities for social cohesion and aspiration.
Helen Neale SHEFFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Because libraries added to my education after the schools had finished their work.
Philip Starks SLEAFORD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are accessible to all, not just the wealthy, offering educational, cultural and recreational services benefitting the whole community. A priceless asset, once gone hard to replace. Think again LCC!
Lesley Rose LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are an essential part of the community. They give people free access to books and also they provide a useful hub for people to access the internet. They have been a very valuable resource for many years so please don’t destroy them now.
Helen Rose LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are about more than books. Local libraries provide an important community hub, including valuable internet access to those families who cannot afford it.
Phil Lewis SWANSEA, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Vitally important to keep as many libraries open as possible….I used to live on the Lincolnshire border, so I feel particularly strongly about this petition.
Ian Robertson SURBITON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I discovered my love of learning through childhood visits to my local library
Leon Pengilley MIDDLESBROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Because these closures are happening in my local area as well, and taking away vital services that many people rely on.
Will Denham LEIGHTON BUZZARD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are vital for the information and education, research and development of ideas.
Natalie Copeland LONG SUTTON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
my children love the library as well as my elderly aunt
Nan Fry HOLBEACH, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I live in Holbeach, very close to the library and use it regularly. Please don’t close it down, it will just be another nail in Holbeach’s coffin. The shops are slowly closing and the high street is nothing to what it was before the giant Tesco came to town.
Pauline Bell HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are at the heart of our town and our community, the hub of our communication and our greatest resourse for wellbeing in my town of Horncastle, I value it very much
Andy Buckley Taylor LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
A very valuable source of reference for studies. Community facility
Sam Braid HOLBEACH, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I love books!
Amanda Walter SPALDING, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Important resource for all ages and nationalities
Robin Brittain GRANTHAM, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
For life-long learning, education and for being informed
Paul Denman SPALDING, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Our library is a valuable resource for the community. Please keep it open.
Nathan Fairweather WOODHALL SPA, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Why are libraries important to me? Do I need to answer that, really?
Eilidh Montgomery ISLE OF SKYE, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I used to work in the library service in Lincolnshire…and although I no longer work there, or even live in England now, I am shocked and disgusted that any councillor would even dream of suggesting that this amount of libraries should be closed in a county the size of Lincolnshire. Contrary to popular opinion people do still read and reading is a major part in the development of any child. If Lincolnshire County Council is seeking to find ways of cutting back on spending I would suggest that they start with cutting the pay to members of the council!!!
Ian Durrant LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I use it regularly
Father Philip Hall LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
How can Libraries NOT be important! I learned so much in Libraries as a youngster and now they remain a huge resource for learning. Partly untapped but some clever thinking needs to be done about how to keep themm open at times when people can use them and in ways that people will find inspiring.
Rhian Pritchard SLEAFORD, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I spend a lot of time in local libraries, and I wouldn’t be able to read and continue to develop my knowledge the way I enjoy without them. It would have a massive impact on my future, and I don’t want to loose something so important to me. Without my library, I wouldn’t be able to read anywhere near as much as I do, because I can’t afford to buy all the books I want to read! The library is a place of learning, discovery and opportunity, and our culture wouldn’t be the same without them.
Mark Smith WELTON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Because it services as the hub to our community in Welton – used and enjoyed by our children who are afterall the future generation who will lead our Country
Finnur Hannard LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
This plan would only further isolate and disenfranchise those who live in rural areas, and increase dependence on cars.
Jean Flannery LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Not only I, but many others, value our own local libraries, including mine, Boultham Library, as a true community resource.
Libraries are a hallmark of civilisation. And ours are used by many and varied groups, in addition to us avid readers. Where will these meet if libraries are closed? What about those who have no computer and are advised to use the library to get online now that government is forcing that communication route on people?
To close our libraries would be a regressive act of vandalism.
Barry Futers SKEGNESS, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Many people will be without a link to the outside world. Not everyone has three cars on the drive.
Lynne Richardson HUCKNALL, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Yours is a very rural county and costs particularly for travel hit people hard. Libraries are an essential service to educate and enable social contact among many other things. Cut elsewhere first – senior officers pay and conditions?
Loretta Bateman LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
My family uses the library.
Karen Lee LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I am appalled at the potential closures of our Library service. As a resident of Lincoln and a local elected member I have grave concerns about the effect of the cuts to service. The County Council have no clear mandate to do this and their consultation process is flawed and not valid. I urge them to reconsider. I don’t think for a minute they will.
Mike Shields MARKET RASEN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
My family are mainly librarians and so I know the value of books and what they can do for people. Please keep them open, the elderly, poor and information-hungry need these wonderful places.
Nathan Claxton LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Without Libraries I wouldn’t have completed my university course and gotten a Bsc in Geography.
Georgia Twynham LEICESTERSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I’m a writer! Enough said.
kate youdale BRIGG, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
The libraries need to be kept open for future generations, small and large. They are part of the community.
Adam Norris GRIMSBY, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
They are a great source of information for various college subjects. It also gives children a hobby that is educational.
judy barlow ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM GRIMSBY, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
for the young people of today
Kieran Yeoman GRIMSBY, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I love books.
george saxon SKEGNESS LINCS, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
everybody needs access to knowledge
Mike Eckersley MARKET RASEN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are important to everyone – the ability for those who can’t afford books, to be able to read great fiction is not something that should be discarded
kim harris LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
because i am a librarian and free books to all is a major part in every ones education
Cheryl hughes CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Loosing our libraries signals the start of of our culture decline to eventual chaos,to destroy a civilisations heart conquering despots burnt all books of the defeated in an effort to destroy their heritage
Chris Grimshaw LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
A library is important for people to educate and entertain themselves in times when cutbacks are hitting the poorest in society the hardest
Henry Moncaster LOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I like books lel
Ian Selby GRANTHAM, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Because you can not put a price on education, its priceless..
Edward Harrison LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Because it is a vital service that three generations of my family make use of on a weekly basis.
Rebecca Rock NORTH HYKEHAM, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
cheryl Lowden SWINDON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
We have a lovely library in Swindon for students,children studying,and adults.
Robin Booker GAINSBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Reading and libraries are an important part of the community bringing people together educating and entertaining and should not be lost.
Dave Quinn LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Read a book and you’ll know
moira davison LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
books are an important part of life…libraries meeting places for young people in safey and he elderly in company
Vince Williams LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
This government is pushing more and more for everything relating to government services to be done online, do they not realise that many people in remote areas only access the internet through their local library
Sally Edwards BRIGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
All attempts to cut access to our public educational resources must be fought against.
Samantha Hall DIDCOT, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I grew up in Lincolnshire
Tamsyn murray LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Without access to a library while growing up, I would not be an author.
Janet Tierney BIGBY, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Firstly, volunteers are just that – they give their time voluntarily – there is no contractual agreement to provide a service, and thus they cannot be relied on to provide a service. This is not to denigrate volunteers or their commitment, it is reality. Beamish Museum, which has a very large complement of excellent and committed volunteers, will not organise any activity which would be unable to proceed without volunteers, for this very reason. Volunteers in any case need both co-ordinating and managing – who does the county council imagine is going to do this. Secondly, not everybody has access to the internet (and some actually prefer books) and good libraries in any case provide a community focus. An excellent example are East Riding of Yorkshire libraries. Thirdly, imagining that a library service can be run by minimally trained volunteers devalues the concept of professional librarianship – running a library is not simply a matter of stamping books in and out, and opening and closing the building; it is providing professional assistance through their knowledge and skills to the public. Shame on you, Lincolnshire County Council.
Caroline Brooks HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are now, as they have always been, a vital part of the local community. Regardless of whether or not council members use and appreciate them they are a hugely important resource for many in the area which they serve. Cuts to opening hours will prove exceedingly detrimental to many users; removing the service completely would be a social and educational catastrophe.
John Calvert FELTHAM, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
All public libraries are essential services. Challenge the Tory plans to close libraries.
James W BRIGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are more than just books they are sancturies, the focus of communities, an essential safe information point and a way for all people to come together.
Cyril Fletcher GRIMSBY, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
A book is truly education on tap
Sarah Ellis LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are an important place. They provide a chance to meet, learn, google, educate etc
Elizabeth Allen LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Access to libraries is vital for all – it should not just be confined to those who live in larger towns and cities.
Serena Beeley LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Taking away the opportunities for people to access literature; not everyone feels the value of new technology. A book is an important tool for teaching reading skills and for introducing culture and imagination to all people.
Frank Page HARROGATE, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are incredibly important in society and deserve public funding
Ken Jones CLEETHORPES, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago Like 1
I visit Lincoln and Louth regularly and hold a Lincolnshire library card. Libraries are the life blood of a country’s intellectual life. As people become poorer so libraries become more important.
janice kearns LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago Like 1
libraries ensure access to knowledge. the presence of libraries underlines our commitment to an equal society
Katie Fletcher BOSTON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago Like 1
Because Libraries are more than stores for old books!
Richard Wood LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago Like 1
Basic local services should be maintained
Anna Daubney WELTON, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago Like 1
I myself have been an avid reader since a very young age- a habit that could not have been sustained without access to a village library allowing me to read multiple books each week.
However, my standpoint on keeping local libraries open doesn’t only stem from my own passion of reading, but also from my desire to encourage this in the children I teach in school. I have been able to see the effect that visiting a library each week can have on children- from varying what they read, to increasing the amount they read, and ultimately helping to raise their reading attainment. Particularly where children do not have the home background that encourages regular reading, visiting libraries through a school is paramount in ensuring these children grow up learning to love books and reading.
In a society where a high proportion of children are leaving school with reading attainment that is considered inadequate, why is it that we would threaten to remove a service that can make such a big difference to their lives?
Simon Jones LINCOLN, NETHERLANDS about 1 month ago
Locally important service
Catherine Brett NEWARK-ON-TRENT, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I have many fond memories of using the library particularly as a child and I believe that it is such a shame that Lincolnshire County Council are proposing to reduce the availability of such a valuable resource.
Tom Moutrie NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
I like Libraries
julia ely HOLBEACH, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
i love the my local library – do we need to go back to pre- victorian illitarate life, think of the community and cut something else PLEASE do not cut local libraries
Adam Brailsford GRANTHAM, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries don’t just loan books, for some people it is the only way to access the Internet.
Amanda Creese GRANTHAM, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Libraries are key sources of useful information, allow people a break from normal life and provide a valuable service
Rachel Johnston ST ALBANS, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
As a librarian in a primary school I know at first hand how local libraries make a difference to developing young readers. Keep libraries open and invest in the future of the community
Penny Chafik LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
Free access to information is vital across the ages. Our Libraries are so important to local communities. The range of activities on offer at the Library would be missed. books are for life, not just Christmas !
jennifer davey HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM about 1 month ago
The importance of libraries for communities cannot be underestimated. They are resource to be treasured not removed at the first opportunity. Terrible choice of service to cut – from reading sessions for pre-schoolers, to a communal space for local groups to meet, they have made a huge difference to my life, and we will be so impoverished by their loss.
Anne Hancock GLOUCESTER, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
My grandchildren in Lincolnshire spend many happy hours in libraries. Libraries are very important in their lives. Don’t penny pinch with children’s futures…
Benjamin Samuels LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
The cost of not providing this vital educational resource will be far more in the long run than what is saved by closing all these libraries
Judith Notman BELCHFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Because I enjoy reading perhaps
Kimberley Beattie AUSTRALIA 2 months ago
I grew up an avid reader in a low-income family in a town without bookstores. Public libraries allowed me and still allow many others to not only discover the joys of reading, but to develop vital literacy skills and learn about important things like history and science. Shutting down public libraries is as bad as shutting down schools and universities, and it victimises members of the community who cannot access books and information through any other means. Communities need libraries to flourish.
christopher Taylor LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
easy/free access to books is essential for those with little or no other access to them
Karen Walker LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
People need libraries
Cathy Fisher LOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Because I want to use the service weekly for my family, Whichever is convenient at the time. Also please increase the mobile library to weekly. Also please visit all schools each week with the mobile library.
Sue Grau HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
It should be important to everyone. Books and information are at the heart of learning and a good education.
Sarah Mumford LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Because my niece and nephew live in Lincolnshire and regularly use the library for reading and storytime and other children’s literacy based activities
Clare MUMFORD HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
-I am a regular library user
-don’t make books a dying breed
-save communities, don’t alienate them
-libraries are an important part of our culture and heritage
-Enough money has been spent on the new computer system, so why waste more money by disposing of it!!!!!!!!!
Graham Lowes LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Our libraries are vital for the local communities, the elderly and low income families who do not otherwise have access to low cost literature and learning material.
Joyce Pearl FISHTOFT, BOSTON, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Reading is essential for everyone,young and pleasure one gets from books is immeasurable.. Also we rural dwellers rely a lot on the mobile library
Julie Burton LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Reading is knowledge, a whole world awaits you in a book
Susan Chipchase LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Libraries provide a centre to a community and an opportunity for reading and discovering a vast array of knowledge only available through borrowing books from libraries.
Karen Covill DARTFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Children need to be encouraged to read more than ever, libraries can open up worlds in imagination and reality, DO NOT close them.
Aileen Morris LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Libraries are places that set the mind free and create new learning opportunities for all ages. Those who want to close the libraries clearly think that these things are not important or dangerous – possibly both.
Peter Watson LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
A local “free” library is an access to books and knowledge. The internet is also excellent and is an adjunct not a substitute. I constantly use both and borrow books as well as purchase them – I am lucky. Others are less fortunate. My love of books and knowlegde started with my local “free” library. Lincolnshire has already cut the content of libraries too much – see the Technology section in Lincoln central library for example.
Peter Cole LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
As is so often with recent cuts, it is the people with the most to lose that lose out the most. Local libraries are essential places to aspiring people starting from a disadvantaged position. If we want this country to grow we need these people.
Ben Vallance NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
I live on the border of Lincolnshire and appreciate how remote many of the communities in the county are and how the age profile of the residents would seem to entirely justify not only preserving the current library provision, but actively improving / increasing it. Closures would result in isolation of communities and individuals as the ‘hubs’ of communities are increasingly removed. The proposals concerning Lincolnshire are patently short-sighted and viable alternatives have not been presented for consideration. Libraries have always performed a key role in education, from nursery age, continuing through to ‘silver surfers’ and any threat to this is to be challenged as far as possible.
Susan Holmes SPILSBY, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Cutting our library is a backward step. We should b e investing more and encouraging both young and old to make more use of them.
Michael Holmes SPILSBY, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Libraries show be free and available to all in all the community for the education of young and old. It is the duty of of the nation to supply and operate this.
Emma Halford BISHOP’S STORTFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
The people who think libraries aren’t vital are the very people most in need of them. The proposed library cuts are devastating for the people of Lincolnshire and the rest of the country too – our public library service is a network and through it I borrow books from all over the country. I am lucky enough to own many books and have access to the internet at home, but still find myself in the library several times a week for research and reading for pleasure. These cuts will be socially divisive and greatly disadvantage the school children of Lincolnshire. Why should their education be sacrificed to show the rest of the country what not to do?
Jean Moss SUTTON ON SEA, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
We have recently moved to this area and having a library within walking distance was very desirable. A lot of people in this area rely on their local library.
Maxim Griffin LOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Because I’d rather not have Lincolnshire plunged back into the dark ages .
Karim Tharwat GIZA, EGYPT 2 months ago
Libraries are my second home.
Emily Birch GRIMSBY, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Reading is one of lifes luxuries, a library is a place where we can all take pleasure in books.
Scott Hutcheson GRIMSBY, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
I am unemployed and use it to help print off my CV’s to apply for jobs. Also I have just found my love for reading and don’t have the funds to buy random books.
Barry Frayne GRIMSBY, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
For all young & not so young who don’t have information available to them.
Gemma Smelt LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
I grew up in Lincolnshire. I don’t know what I would have done without my constant supply of reading material. I certainly wouldn’t have been the avid reader I am today.
Susan McEwan LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
The libraries have provided me with vital education, a meeting place with other mums when I was lonely and had PND; all my life I can remember going to get books for my family and as a child – a love of reading is very important. Why can’t the council pay to modernise the library and introduce technological change without closing it ?
Jennifer Hill NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
I am a librarian and understand the vital services libraries provide to their local communities.
Linda Dawes GRANTHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
In the current economic climate public libraries provide a crucial life line to our community, underpinning literary development of our children.
Lucinda Coultas NORTH KELSEY, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
because we are on very low wages I can keep my children reading as many books as possible using a free loan from the library, that simply is far too expensive a hobby otherwise. from new books to old classics we know exactly where to go to find them. The mobile library we will lose is our monthly treat…
Gary Brooke MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Libraries are more than just repositories of books. They are community hubs.
Rob Shorrock GRANTHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Libraries are a symbol of the kind of society we are and the one we want to be. Stop the philistines!
Heidi Leaning BARNEYBY, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
For some children this may be their only access to books outside of school.
Damian Perry HEATHMONT, AUSTRALIA 2 months ago
Libraries are a precious and undervalued resource. There’s no such thing as in unviable library!
Mary Gillen BRANT BROUGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Closing the libraries is not just a great sadness for the children whom I teach, it is also an ideological attack on society.
Shari Dillon LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
I bring my children there to borrow books every month (we take out a huge bag full & read them every night). My children are developing a love of books as a result of this. I cannot afford to buy them this many books & accessing the library in Lincoln city centre will be so much more difficult due to lack of affordable parking – no more big bags of books for my kids – we can’t carry big bags of books home!!!
My kids are lucky, I can take them into town, what about the kids whose parents cannot or will not take them into town.
Short term saving of money, long term loss of a well established, brilliantly run library!!! it won’t come back, that’s for sure.
Mark Jones WOKING, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
all libraries are important, as front line services.
Anne Savage LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
libraries are so important to give everyone access to books and to the Internet.
Chelsea McMillen LOWER SACKVILLE, CANADA 2 months ago
My library is important to me and I don’t want other people to have to lose theirs.
Stephanie Ressort MITCHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Because everyone should have access to the people and spaces that can inspire their learning or give flight to their imaginations.
Brenda Futers SKEGNESS, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
WHY? Why are you doing this? In so many of our towns and villages the library is the very hub of the community. Libraries are not just a book lending service they are so much more and if you cannot see that then you should not be making these decisions.
Liam Fallon LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Sense of community, I go to study with friends.
fran jacobs SWANSEA, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
i loved visiting my library as a child. how are kids going to learn to read, to explore books, without a library?
John Bennett SPALDING, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Closing libraries will hit the poorest members of our community who are already suffering through unemployment and cuts to benefit: denying them access to books, and even more crucially to the internet at the same time as more and more services are only available online.
Gavin McCann NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
As a boy my Dad took me to my library in Lincoln every week. It was through those visits that I discovered my love of reading and so I’m anxious that other children get those same opportunities.
angela hebden LINCOLN, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
My local library has always been a useful resource not just for myself but for my children when they were growing up. Where else can we borrow books without a fee?
Stephen Grant BOSTON, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Boston library serves the many diverse elements of our community.
Stephen Grant BOSTON, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
This is a well used and loved community hub.Accessible to all ages and needs.
Laura Hughes LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
I regularly take my children to our local library, it is a vital resource for communities, especially in Lincolnshire which is so vast and rural.
Neil Burgess LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Because public libraries are an essential community resource and an important cultural and educational provision.
Nina Alexander-Hill LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
I have young children who enjoy learning to read and we have always attended story time craft sessions. It’s a great resource and would be a great shame to lose it!
emma clayton LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
because our local library are a vital part of our communities
Michelle Le May LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Nothing can replace the valuable service and knowledge of a library and librarians, and everyone should have easy access to this.
Sarah Edwards LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
My 3 girls love visiting the library and borrowing books. If this local service is taken away from local communities I fear we may say an even bigger increase in the number of children not being able to read to the expected standard. We need as many ways to encourage children to enjoy books.
Nicola Harding BOLTON, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Libraries are an important resource for all age groups
Ann Burgess LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
The public libraries serve those who cannot afford to buy books and are the sign of a civilised society.
Naomi Young SLEAFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
I find buying books too expensive but i can borrow a book for free from the library!!! My children love to go to the library to read a wider genre of books. It would be a shame for people to miss out on this vital source.
Elizabeth Taylor NORTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
ALL libraries need protecting for the future. They still play an important role in the community.
danny wilkinson LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Because public libraries are a special place and closing now would be very short sighted.
Jasmine Symonds LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Education should be readily available for all. Update the ones we have to attract people in rather than shutting them down.
Sarah Pemberton SAN FRANCISCO, CA 2 months ago
Because closing libraries is a really short-sighted idea.
Lesley Hyde MARKET RASEN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
I have young children who use our library regularly.
Catherine Widdowson NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
I grew up, more or less, in the libraries of Lincolnshire and saw a tremendous breadth of people doing likewise. To lose that opportunity for so many would be truly horrendous.
Rebecca Marsh KEMPSTON, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
I grew up in a small town in Lincolnshire. Without my local library I would not have developed my love of literature and passion for improving knowledge. Curtailing access for all to the service will impact on the whole community
Judy Ireland SOUTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
I lived in Lincolnshire for thirty years and used the library on a regulare basis
Rachel Stammers SALISBURY, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
I went to the University of Lincoln for postgraduate study, and used the city of Lincoln library to supplement the university library as it had loads of useful local history sources.
Ellie Jupp SLEAFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Libraries are an important place for people to meet and people to use as a resources, especially if they cannot afford to acces them any other way
Lynda Herrett LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
libraries hold much more than monetary value. They are focal points in communities as well. In fact they help the more vulnerable parts of our society maintain contact with the world. this is a physical thing where books etc are sought out, but for many lonely people with little money, a book is also mental stimulation and can help prevent mental illness developing. Some of these people cannot easily get to or afford trips to the larger centres. Libraries are also contact points for much more than books. Help with internet use for those with poor internet skills, and internet for those who cannot afford a computer are important. Could there be a possibility of cooperation with Lincoln University in City provision and save costs in that way as well as improving the service there which for a main county library is poor anyway.Volunteers are simply an unreliable means of sole provision. Volunteering is simply supplementary.
This is such a short sighted idea. In the long run it would probably cost more money because of the effects.
Judith Brennan KIDDERMINSTER, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
The provision of libraries is a duty of the local council. Council tax is paid by residents for provision of these services.
Jenny Potter MARKET RASEN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Books and reading are important – imagination – it’s simple.
S Talbot HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Some people can’t afford computers & printers & therefore reply on books, helpful advice from library staff, computers with internet (& job searching!) & printing documents
Laura Richardson LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
i think it is important to keep Lincoln library open because i use the library and there are many free good resources available for use. if it is closed down it will mean that i can not find the large amount of correct research without using the internet and not all the time is the internet correct. also it is important for a person to read from a young age to help there education from speaking to writing and spelling. if this resource of free books to borrow gets taken away i think people will see the negative effect on the education system it has.
Tom Marriott OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
I love libraries
Jane White LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Libraries have formed a huge part of my life and education and given me access to material that I would never have been able to access otherwise.
Taking away this service will deprive future generations of the same benefit.
Janice Kenney ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Quality of life living in a rural area where cultural pursuits are non-existent. Access to books and services locally and quickly is an essential in our daily lives. I have always been an avid reader and passionate also about books and literacy for children. Reading demands so much more of children than TV. We do not want to lose this basic joy of life which is that of physically turning pages and engaging with stories. I fear we will loose this enjoyment if our access to books is denied locally.
Denise SMITH SUDBROOKE, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Because for many young people from poorer backgrounds access to a free library service is vital. When I was growing up we didn’t have money for books but I was at my local library every week borrowing as many books as I was allowed. I went on to become the first person in my family to do A levels and get a degree. Closing libraries will have wider social impacts than merely reducing literacy which will affect all people in the area. Our taxes should be going on maintaining this service on a professional level – not passing the obligation onto volunteers.
Karly Evison SKEGNESS, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Extremely valuable resource for everyone in the community
David Cunningham LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Because books are the spititual spine of a nations intelligence. There’s a limit to what T.V. can do you know…
Steven Randall LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
If the libraries are gone due to a lack of qualifications, surely the level of qualifications will decrease even further? If anything, more libraries should be opened! Despite e-books and the like, physical books allow a degree of traditional intelligence to remain in young people. The government needs to look beyond what is directly in front of them and begin thinking about the consequences of their actions. As I was always taught: “Think before you act!”
Katy Holliday LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
The libraries are important for me and my daughter (5).
Beverly Sanford EPPING, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
We need libraries. Communities and children rely on them.
Gill Hart LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
I regularly read series of books from the library I could not afford to buy – being a bookseller on a low income.
Angela Wilson WRAGBY, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
access to regular reading, variety of options for books to read.
Judith Bowes BEVERLEY, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
I use libraries and would hate to see them disappear
Barnard Barnard HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
There is too little consideration given to the ground level needs of communities like ours. Who makes these selfish decisions? Us ‘ordinary people’ are scapegoats for the misuse of public money. Has anyone told us why Linconshire Library Service has to find £2 million?
Stephen Lumley SAXILBY, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Libraries are an important factor in the education of our children and they also provide important services for the elderly and the unemployed; particularly in villages across Lincolnshire where public transport is limited and there are no other services should be provided by trained and dedicated staff, not volunteers, otherwise the required standards of service will undoubtedly fall. Lincolnshire County Council should not be allowed to “sell off” this important service; once gone it will be lost forever. It has been used as an easy target for cutting costs and there must be other economies that could be made within the running of the Council without affecting so many.
Ashley Baxter DEEPING SAINT JAMES, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
When I was very small my Mum and Dad encouraged me to learn to love reading by taking me to the local library where a lady read stories and with a guitar sang “She swallowed a fly”. My own children now love the local library and have read, among other things, more Tin-Tin and Asterix books than we could ever afford. Now the Tories want to stop funding the library. Together we can stop them. http://www.change.org/petitions/lincolnshire-county-council-reconsider-the-proposal-to-close-the-library-in-the-deepings
Louisa Wass Griffiths DERBY, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Local libraries are the heart of the community providing free entertainment (books and events) in tough economic times. I also care about the jobs of Library Workers
caroline lumley WELTON, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
I believe libraries are an essential part of our community. From childhood and throughout our lives they help us learn, develop our knowledge, creativity and socialisation. I think the closure of libraries can assist in social inequality and therefore should remain as an integral part of our society.
lynda pearson SPALDING, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
where would we be without libraries, they are a fundemental part of education
Mike Bossingham MARKET DEEPING, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Our library at the Deepings is important to us. Fight these closures
Nicola Lumley WELTON, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago
Libraries are an important part of the local community, providing much more than just books. The service at present is exceptional, and this could not be replaced by volenteers who would not provide the same consistancy in service and quality and variety of assistance in many areas.
Gaynor Horton PONTEFRACT, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
In rural areas the libraries are the hub and meeting place for many of the people. Kids are encouraged to go there and to take out books to read. It all helps literacy levels.
Paul Marshall LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
I am retired on a low pension. the library allows me to involve myself in Local History grp, book club, keeps my mind active and gives me a purpose
Kerry Drewery GRIMSBY, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
Libraries are more important nowadays than ever before. With struggling finances, books are falling further and further down families’ priority lists. Having a well-stocked library means that even the poorest of people can read anything from classics to new releases. Literature should be for everyone, not just those who can afford it.
Emily Kemp LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
It is ridiculous to cut down on one of the main educating tools in the world. Just makes no sense. Book are so important in teaching, learning and understanding. Also the lack of libraries would restrict social gathering, people who need internet access who cant afford it etc. Think about all the people who need them and all the ones they benefit and will benefit!
David Bettison SKEGNESS, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
Closing libraries is frankly only one step down from burning books. This is the stupidest decision since cheese in a can.
Jake Brown LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
People should always have free access to books, be that for leisure or education. Closing libraries would be a disgrace.
Daniel Hill NEWARK, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
Libraries are the cornerstone of any development we hope to make as a society. The spirit of adventure, of academia and of creativity are all contained within. It’s why I chose a career in the sector.
William Hussey SKEGNESS, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
Closing a library is an act of cultural and societal vandalism. It is short-term policy making of the most ignorant and dangerous kind. It is a senseless and cruel act from which the vulnerable, the young, the poor, the elderly and the aspiring will all suffer.
Dianne Slapp LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
A vital service, easily accessible to all sections of the community. It’s taken years to build and will be irreplaceable once gone.
Elaine Ranyard LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
Books are especially important for children to improve their knowledge and language skills to assist their educational and social progress. This measure will disproportionately hit the least well off in society who cannot afford to buy books and/or computers or pay for access to broadband. Libraries are also very important for pensioners who often by definition do not have large incomes either and also rely on the libraries for social contact as well.
Kathryn Drakes LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
Libraries are important to children learning to read, they are a part of the community.
Karen Atkinson LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
Libraries are a valuable resource for people of all ages and are a valuable part of community life and offer so much more than just lending books.
Janet Cashman MARTIN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
I live in a rural village and am unable to walk all that well. the mobile library which comes once a month is a great resource. the staff know what books I like and are very helpful. I read a lot and love to read new titles. the staff also recommend alternative authors to the ones I usually enjoy.
Fiona Cashman MARTIN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
I live in a small rural village. the library van only comes once a month. I am a full time carer for my mother and the library provides a much needed service. I get to hear of new books and the staff are great at recommending books that suit my tastes. to lose this service would isolate many people
Lesley Thompson LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
Savage cuts to library provision across Lincolnshire needs to be stopped – it is not about saving money, LCC managed to underspend again this year! Community run libraries do not offer the same level of service as librarian run libraries – there is no comparison.
John McLelland BOSTON, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
Because I use the library for my reading books, but mostly for tracing my Family History.
Philip Skipper LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
Avid reader and father of future reader, hopefully if the council doesn’t take all the books away that is….
Jenny McIntee KIRTON, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
It is important to keep local services running for the use of everyone
Jane Shipman FAVERSHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
When I lived in Horncastle, the library was a favourite place for myself and my children. To deprive others of this wonderful resource is very short sighted.
Katherine McLoughlin LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
As a student it provides an excellent and ideal place for my own studying and revision, and other students also, particularly around examination periods when the libraries become extremely popular places to visit and resources are excellent not only for students, but for families to use the internet and a wide range of hours are already limited as they are and reducing or even closing libraries will weaken our communities and our communication and knowledge in society.
Natalie Chadwick NOTTINGHAMSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
Local Services for Local people are always important – Stop the cuts and keep important services like libraries
Angela Couch LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
When I moved to Lincolnshire 6 years ago I relied on Lincoln and Newark libraries for the Internet. I used the Internet in the libraries to help me search and apply for jobs. It was invaluable.
Katrina Bilton NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
Young children need to know the libraries are open for them to visit in a local social setting, bringing the public and local families together and opening up avenues of awe inspiring stories for them!
Sue Mellor NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
Important for the local Community
jill palmer NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
Library is the heart of the community please do let this provision die
Gurbaksh Dosanjh NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
I feel library services is exactly what it says it should be – A SERVICE!, NOT A BUSINESS! The social impact on closures are going to cost far more than keeping them open.
Rebecca Walls LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
Libraries are far too important for us to cull this many. We should be promoting these types of services, not shutting them down.
People are always going to enjoy curling up with a good book – and they should be given the opportunity to do just that!
Don Robinson SUTTON ON SEA, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
I am a pensioner, like 65% of the population here. There is nothing to do here, especially in the winter only read. The Library is a life-line to me.
MICHAEL LYONS GAINSBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
Libraries are the cornerstone of the community for learning and allowing all members to access the many services they provide.
Philippa Faulkner EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
As a child, my local library in North Hykeham was hugely influential in giving me a love of literature.
Natalie White LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
I used my local library in Bracebridge Heath when my kids were little as a community centre, and would hate to see future generations not given this opportunity.
Libraries are a local resource and not everyone has transport to get to the main library in Lincoln.
Rosaleen McLoughlin LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
Our libraries are vital to our communities. They are at the heart of a community providing a place which is open for everyone to enjoy. Many families do not have access to the Internet at home and our libraries provide a place where they can access information. Children and students have somewhere quiet to study, revise or do homework. We have already seen the opening hours of our libraries reduced. Please save our libraries so that others will have the chance to enjoy them in the future. If they close our libraries, they will be lost forever.
ysa loveday LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
it is a place for teens to go and stay out of trouble or somewhere for us to feel safe
Helen Cadogan LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
I live in Lincoln & used the library.
Fiona Bickley SUTTON ON SEA, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
Opening a book is like opening a portal to another world! In an instant you can be transported to another time and place. Whether fiction or non-fiction, books allow us to see infinite possibilities. In a time when the outlook is bleak for many, books are not just a means by which to escape, they are an inspiration, enabling us to see and create a better future for ourselves.
Caroline Cook KEELBY, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
I use my local library on a regular basis and would be lost without it. Furthermore I think it is disgusting that this arbitrary decision has been made with no public consulation. The ‘consultation’ forms available through the library service is a total joke.
Angela Eales ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 2
Vital for our community
Ron. Hoole LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
because I think that uor library is an important social hub of our community,& essential for the elderly,who are infirm & unable to get into town to obtain thier reading material.
VILLAGES NEED THEIR LIBRARIES.PLEASE TAKE NOTE
Helen Button LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
A useful service to all
Elizabeth East LINCOLNSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
Statutory Law – FREE for public. Working with disabilities, these are vital in the 21st century. Having worked in the Service, I really understand where ‘cuts’ have to be made and it is NOT Libraries, Museums and Art Galleries!
sue kennedy LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
libraries are an essential part of every community
James Boulton ALFORD AND SPILSBY, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
Libraries can have an important role in the community ie books , computers, education and tourist info.
Charlette Goult BOSTON, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
Always went there as i grew up and still go there now
Daisy Reid BOSTON, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
I have used the library since i was little and it is a value asset in Kirton’s community.
Mireia Montoliu AAA, AL 2 months ago Like 1
Because I use it regularly
Peter Smith HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
Why close library’s they are very important to rural towns, plus the children need them to help in their education, as well as the retired people. I am part of the W I whom as been campaigning to keep our library’s so think about surly other ways to save money.
Keith Saltfleet CAISTOR, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
It would be a backward step in cutting such very important facilities which should be available for all communities.
Zoe Cox SLEAFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
A valuable resource that we will never get back – fundamental for rural areas!!
Kenneth Snowden KIRTON, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
Without this facility in our village young and old people alike will be denied access to the world of literature in the written word, there is nothing like a good book to occupy and educate the mind, If Lincolnshire Councillors where to curtail there year after year increases in expenses, there would be enough money to keep our libraries open.
Duncan Rossiter LOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
Because somethings are more important than Councillor pay raises.
Alex Brown LOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
I need my library.
Val Strawson LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 2 months ago Like 1
Libraries are a treasure trove of pleasure and knowledge for everyone and should be available for all
Alison Ashworth LINCOLNSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Wherever I’ve lived, the library has been one of the key services that helped me feel anchored in the community, in a similar way as the local surgery or chosen place of worship. Visiting Market Rasen library as a child was a regular part of my life and with little other opportunity to find books independently outside of school it was essential in supporting and encouraging my love of reading.
As an adult, many libraries later, I love taking my daughter, also a voracious reader, to the same lovely little library. There is nothing quite like the atmosphere of a library; the joy of scanning the shelves and finding different books to enjoy, the pleasantness of readers of all ages and backgrounds engaging in a perpetual cycle of loans and returns, the library staff at Rasen who are just quite simply wonderful, the additional and very welcome activities offered in holiday time. The benefits are endless. Libraries are unique. They don’t demand anything in return for your visit. They are a haven for people who perhaps have no quiet place to work, provide a wealth of information for theare a welcoming, warm, reader’s sanctuary and above all, a place where everyone is equally and affordably able to explore their potential. To deny rural communities access to this treasure of a service would be to impose an unforgivable inequality of opportunity.
Karen Cook MARKET RASEN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
For the love a words and to be surrounded by knowledge. I go every week with my children and the enjoy of being able to chose any book to read is mind blowing. The library is the centre of of our town.
Matthew Mahabadi SPALDING, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Libraries are so valuable to a community. They are those places where one discovers many fantastic things about the world when you are small. I can’t believe how some elements of this county council are so callous and so eager to cut these most precious of services in the name of ‘cost cutting’. Perhaps they have never read? Would explain a lot.
Angela Montague LINCOLNSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Liked 1
I use my library every week. We have no book shops in my town. In the five years before my kids went to school, we would walk to the library and take out 10 story books each time, as much as the buggy could handle really. Reading those books with my kids are among my best memories of being a new mum. Both kids are now confident readers at school. Access to all these books for free (and they pick their own books now) makes a huge difference to the development of my children’s minds. This is also what my mum did for me through her small local library. My mum left school with no qualifications. I went to university.
Christine Wright METHERINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
One of the most rural counties with poor internet access should be increasing hours libraries are open to ensure the disenfranchised have equal access to information both through the written word and electronic media Low salaries and lack of opportunity can only be improved with adequate availability throughout the county. Far better they stop paying allowances for councillors who do not attend meetings. Councillors expect to be paid why should this come from sacking dozens of skilled people [which will have a price]
Isolation and deprevation in the county will only increase when these measures are introduced . I am not fooled by the ‘consultation’ which reads more like a recruitment drive for volunteers
Adrian Richards MARKET RASEN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
The statistics to to determine library usage is calculated by book borrowers… isn’t there a lot more to a library than borrowing a book? I go to my library nearly every week for an hour or to at a time mainly looking at microfilms for local history research. If this facility closes where else am I going to be able to do it? If it means I have to travel the 15 miles to Lincoln, then there is more chance that I won’t bother at all. As I am stood in the library i see people come in and out using the facilities.. the internet, looking at books in the library. My partner works for a childrens nursery around the corner that bring their children to the library for story time. All of these things must be considered as well as the location of our town. We are at least 15 miles away from a big town should these facilities be lost. How many would be prepared to travel that far to continue to use these services?
Pauline Fox WAINFLEET ALL SAINTS, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
As a pensioner the library is vital both as a resource for books I cannot afford to buy and for our regular monthly Reading Group
Judith Rastall SUTTON ON SEA, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Local libraries are more than borrowing books, they are a focus for the heart of the community and should be cherished and encouraged.
David Marsland SUTTON-ON-SEA, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Because as a pensionshire I use it
Alan Cromack WOODHALL SPA, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Vocational and educational + pleasure of reading
Christina Ross GAINSBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Books are essential, for furthering education, and for pleasure. In these difficult times not everyone can afford to buy books, but that should not stop anyone, whatever their age, from developing a love of literature.
Carolyn Wilkinson LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
a community asset that should be protected and enhanced
Alison Wade LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Libraries are a crucial part of our society and provide so many more services than lending books.
Gerald Edwards LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
useful for local children for their education and improve their reading.
Janet Jorden WELTON-BY-LINCOLN, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
The library in our village is very well used by both young and old and I use it regularly for borrowing books, information and meeting people.
Betty Brown LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Libraries provide such an invaluable source of reference materials for students of all ages, provide excellent reading for those who cannot easily get to book shops or afford to buy new each time, act as a hub for information on local events and for some provide a social meeting point.
Ena Wyatt SUTTON ON SEA, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
A local library is a facility needed by the mainly elderly and infirm of Sutton on Sea
Don Robinson SUTTON ON SEA, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Libraries have been a mark of a Civilised Community for thousands of years. Let’s not brutalize ourselves any further! Sixty-five percent of the population locally are pensioners. Most do not have access to Google. Without a library where are they supposed to go for information when required.
If it was anything to do with sports it would be considered holy ground wouldn’t it. No way a sports concern would be closed down. On the contrary finance would easily be found for its expansion.
Robert Dawes SUTTON ON SEA, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Its our local libary
Edward Harriman SUTTON ON SEA, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 3
This is a resource for the local community and an information hub. E-books may be the fashion today but not all have the technology or internet access so paper books are still required.
Kate Reddington COLCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 3
Brought up in Lincolnshire, used libraries extensively, want others o have same chance.
Sharran Egan MABLETHORPE, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 3
Children love going to the library. I work in the nursery near mablethorpe library and our children like to go there for visits.
Alison Freame SUTTON ON SEA, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 3
Community facilities should not be under threats of closure or replaced with inadequate arrangements. Access to books is so important – libraries need to be freely available for all.
Elizabeth Jefferson CAISTOR, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 3
Social,intellectual contact. I love to visit the library with my grandchildren. They look forward to their visits. I enjoy using the computers to research my family history
Graham Ward MABLETHORPE, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 3
Books equals education for all ages, cut this and its the end of the book and no beginning
Anne Self LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Julie Holmes MABLETHORPE, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
My family regularly use the library for many reasons, they are a vital resource for small communities.
john kirk MABLETHORPE, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
for internet access for all those that dont have computers
Dennis Mills BRANSTON, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
As a lifelong educationist I am aware of the fact that libraries are the lifeblood of education and the repository of our cultural heritage
Stephen Marshall LINCOLN, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
If these Libraries go they will never come back. People need them for many reasons other than borrowing books. Providing volunteer run Libraries is not an alternative, it is an abrogation of responsibility by the council. The whole consultation project seems to suggest a Council with their minds already made up. The consultation questionnaire doesn’t offer any tick boxes to disagree with the proposals!
MARILYN HEATH LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
They are the soul of the community!
David Wagstaff ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Services in our small market towns need to be developed and improved. Councils need to be at the forefront of this, not pursuing destructive policies.
wendy wainwright SUTTON ON SEA, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
The libraries in lincolnshire are an essential part of our rural communities.
Jill Walker HEIGHINGTON LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Without a local library many will be forced to either forego the service altogether or will be forced to making extra journeys…not good for the environment or for my pocket.
Pamela Smith HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
cannot imagine life without a public library after more than 50 years of using one.
Garrath Ellershaw HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
As a teacher of English and a lover of books, pretty much everything I have learnt in my life I have learnt through books. I shall treasure my memory of trips to the library every Saturday with my parents for ever: I am SO grateful to them for installing a love of literature.
Michelle Horner LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
They are an invaluable and integral part of the community, literacy, computing, reference, research… The list is endless, shame on LCC if they do….
Malcolm J Nicholls MABLETHORPE, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
I use the library at Mablethorpe on a regular basis. I am an avid reader. I take out books that improve my knowledge, books which I would not be able to afford.. My wife is a member of a book club and she often donates once read clean books to the library.
Claire Fleshbourne EXETER, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Family live in Lincoln and use the library regularly!
Steve Palmer SUTTON ON SEA, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
The library is a vital hub to community
Sheryl Christian HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
because I see on a daily basis how much these libraries are used
Jim Hanrahan LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Knowledge is not a commodity Libraries give us all power!
Elizabeth Hudson WILSFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Books have been a passion since I was 4 and at 68 the passion remains. Sleaford Library, 5 miles away, is my nearest and with the help of my bus pass I visit it at least twice a week. It’s no exaggeration to say that I would be completely lost without it. I simply cannot afford to buy all the books I long to read!
Guy Fleshbourne EXETER, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
I think its an important thing. For example old people enjoy going to their local library and getting books. A library is a very good source for information especially if someone doesn’t have internet. Typical Lincolnshire county council really!. If it doesn’t effect hem then they don’t care because not to put too fine a point on it..they are bastards!!
GERALDINE DAVIS SOUTH KELSEY, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Caistor Library needs a few hrs per week of professional support to guide volunteers. This library acts as the community/social centre for all of Caistor and surrounding villages.
Kylie Murtagh WOLVERHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Libraries have always been very important, books have always been a big part of my life. Also a very dear friend works at a Lincolnshire Library and would loose his job if they close.
alan parker LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
this is totally short sighted policy and discriminates against disadvantaged people.
Marion Mellows LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
It is important not only for books, but, talking books. I have to use those now, they are wonderful. We need to also have them for social groups, the internet, vitally important for people who c\nnot access it anywhere else. Children need to access books to be able to find out about great literature as well as diverse literacy styles, for some people not only can they read newspapers, they can interact with other people when they have no relatives or others to visit them at home.
Susan Maltby WOODHALL SPA, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Would miss all the things a library has so offer on the door step
sue hempsall LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
it is a local service that is necessary for everyone young or old
David Fleshbourne LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Libraries are important for education and are a sign of a civilised society.
I often use my local library which under these draconian plans would be shut.
Sharon Peadon METHERINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Libraries are important to our community and a service that we pay for in our council tax!
Amelia Kinsella HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Libraries are a vital part of our community!!
Jayne Wiltowski HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Both my children and myself attend our local library weekly, I feel it is a vital resource giving them access to material I can not provide at home
Sue Wainwright LOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Offers so much to communities.
Stephanie Otter ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
My little boy loves the library
Katharine Bell SPILSBY, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
It is a local resource I and many other people use regularly for a variety of different resources
Oonagh Monaghan LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Libraries are integral to a community. The emphasis on literacy in schools means we need to utilise libraries more, not cut them from our communities.
Raymond Beech LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Becouse I read a lot of books and could not afford to buy them.
Moira Pritchard LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Besides being a STATUTORY duty to provide this service, this is a blow to rural communities who have lost many other amenities. Also, insulting to suggest that volunteers can provide the expertise of library staff, gained from training and years of knowledge
jacob Barker HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Morna Wheatley LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Books and education are the foundation of our children’s future. People who can’t aford to buy books need to be able to borrow them!
Vicky Caswell LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
I studied in Lincoln for my degree, and the use of the libraries was of real benefit, with good books for the course I studied, also it was the only place where young people without internet access could go to find jobs etc, they’re a vital service..
Jane Dale HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 6
There is so much in the press about poor literacy skills and Mr Gove blames teachers. All the research suggests literacy skills are built through reading widely and without libraries people, will be denied what many consider to be a basic human right, access to books and thereby an education.
Kath Hall LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Because the country would be a lot worse off without our libraries
janet freebury SKEGNESS, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
I grew up with the local Library being a massively important part of my life. I LOVE books and nothing can ever take the place of them for me, add to that the excellent advances in Library services over the years, I cant imagine my life without the Library. PLEASE dont let them die in Lincolnshire.
Richard Aron LOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
‘When I read about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that American society has found one more way to destroy itself.’
Gail Belinda Lee MARKET RASEN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Libraries are essential, they have no social divides and provide a safe environment to learn. The staff are so important as they help and guide people thus making their library experience a good one. My self and my family are life long users of the library and all the resources it has to offer. The library is a central part of any community so don’t destroy this amazing facility. Put more into libraries and help a nation flourish !
sarah bailey SKEGNESS, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Because I feel that it is important for everyone should be able to have access to a library no matter how big or small. Also, a lot of libraries have computers now and this helps children who are not lucky enough to have a computer. With their homework because now a days a lot of homework are on the computers
Daniel Turner ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Because its a very important public service. Its a meeting point for people, its a place to gain knowledge and knowledge should always be free to those who want to learn.
Christina Ivett HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 5
Libraries make a significant contribution to individuals and communities. They enable free access to information by all individuals but most importantly they enable access to those who are on low incomes. We lost our adult education. Now we risk losing our libraries!!!!
geoff odling HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
invaluable source of information most of which is irreplaceable
sharon paul HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
source of books opportinty for personal development & part of community
Clare West ROSS ON WYE, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Having lived in rural LIncolnshire for many years in the past I know how vital local services are
Michael Sanders LOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
The idea of closing local libraries is a display of short term thinking.
Tracy Lamy-Edwards BOSTON, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
I am supporting the library campaign as i believe it plays a vital part in our community. it is not just about books , i have shared videos, music, stories , activities and a computer over the years , including little tapes for my son to listen to his favorite books before he could read.
The library was a place of entertainment , excitement and adventure .
I have just received a massive amount of books for our local employees to read instead of going to land fill sites. Most are from libraries. Don’t through our books away or close our libraries and loss a generation of paper readers.
Caroline Lodge SUTTON ON SEA, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
My daughter is disabled and loves to use our library and this is the only time she goes out on her mobility scooter.
Odessa Lodge SUTTON ON SEA, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
As a disabled person and student we need to keep alive our local libraries not only for the residents but for the infrastructure of the small town.
Gill Thomas SPALDING, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
My local library is where I spent many happy hours with my daughter, taking part in the reading challenges, those are treasured memories that she may not be able to share with her children. Libraries are crucial to our communities they are the safety net which opens up the world either through the writen word or the internet to hundreds if not thousands of people. Once lost we will never get them back.
Shirley Williams WOODHALL SPA, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Libraries offer access to young people of all abilities and social groups: no-one can calculate the value of that; o-one has the right to take it away.
Geraldine Smedley ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 5
These massive cuts are destructive and short-sighted. Recent Government visitors have pointed the way to libraries to assist with Universal Credit forms and self-help medical books. Do these people ever talk to one another? Shame on them!
Hilary Medd HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
I love my library, well as it used to be. It means an awful lot to the community, and is needed more than ever now.
Margaret Walch LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Because they are a vital source of learning, regardless of income level.
Marie Aldridge LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
I am one of the volunteers who have been running the home library service for Woodhall for a number of years – further cuts to the service horrify me.
Vera Jolliffe LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Libraries are so important to all the community, the young who may not have books at home students for research and access to computers, and everyone for pleasurable reading access
Betty Gleeson LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
People in rural areas and towns all need libraries for education and social
Pauline Lee LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
It is a contact with people who know books and help me to find books to research projects for my U3A History group and I read more books than I can afford to buy. I would be prepared to pay a membership fee provided it is relative to general costs of living
Celia Howes LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
For personal and community use our library at Boultham gives great added value worth every penny of our community charge. Its loss would be felt by all ages and deny the community an important place belonging to it.
Michael Howes LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Because I regularly use Boultham Library, value its services to me and its importance to the community
Kevin Slade MOORBY, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
We need a library in Horncastle
Paul Christopher LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Ermine Library offers computer resources which are important to me. Without those resources I will be unable to undretake a jobsearch as well as keep in touch via Facebook with family members.
Adam Linney NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Vital service for our local community, instead of cutting the service, the Council should be promoting the use of libraries to ensure maximum use and cost effectiveness
Joanne Kerry BUCKNALL, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
How are we going to give our children a love of reading without giving them the books they need? Libraries are essential to inspire our children, and they are essential for ensuring that we continue to learn and grow as a society.
Fay Smith LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Libraries are a vital part of our communities. People need free access to books and computers .
Kathleen Raby SKEGNESS, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Local resource social meeting place information health in community
Jessica Swann STROUD, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Libraries are important for local community.
Don Kuzak HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Though we are from the U.S. we highly rely on the Horncastle Library as our means to pay our bills at home and keep in touch with friends while we stay for several months in England. We also make very much use of the book lending. Though we are from the U.S., we have spent several thousand dollars on our stay in Horncastle and contribute to the economy of that town which in turn supports the library. Cutting the hours so drastically would make it much more difficult to make proper use of the library.
Anne Donaldson SPILSBY, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Not everyone can afford to purcase books, or to download books from whatever sourrce
Julia Jacobs HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Because an intelligent society needs libraries
Zoe Webster LOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
I think libraries are an important part of the community, my little boy loves going to the one in Louth.
lisa wilson MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Because it will have a huge affect on many of my friends and family in Lincolnshire.
Amie Bannerman LOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Every child / adult should have the ability to enjoy a library. I have such good memories of my childhood, reading and learning. Don’t take this away from our future.
David McIntyre HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
I am as Associate Lecturer with the Open University and believe in lifelong learning. Accessible Public Libraries are an important and valuable resource for all learners.
Janet Lisemore SUTTON ON SEA, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Our nearest library is not on a bus route and will have a devastating effect on the community
Enid Findon SUTTON ON SEA, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
With poor transport links to any other town and with no regular disabled transport closing sutton library would prevent many people from using a library
Carol Daniel LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
It is an essential service especially for those who do not have computers. Also I think that the low apparent use is due to the fact that people have different cycles of use at different ages . As a mum I spent a lot of time in my local library and encouraged my now grown up children, and grandchildren to make full use of their facilities.
Joyce Fisher HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
VERY important for the elderly, the disabled and young people. FAR more important than gratuitous “Benefits” paid to Councillors for their voluntary work.
Ron Fisher HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
An important local facility for all age groups. FAR more important than Councillors excessive expenses and pension arrangements.
Kim Burns LINCOLNSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
I go to and use the library an awful lot and I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have that option. I think that taking the libraries away would be reducing the opportunities young people have to widen their minds through books. I know that I wasn’t like this 3 years ago (reading a lot of book) but the library has definitely helped me to progress academically and generally to be informed and be a good person in the community.
Casey Burns HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
The county libraries sparked my interest in reading and has led to me studying English literature for A-level and helped me to form my own opinions about a huge variety of topics.
Martin Byrne LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Books and access to books make a difference to the outloook and understanding people have on life, and the world around them. Rather than curtailing the service the Council should be looking at ways to increase footfall, through schools, book clubs, partnerships with local book stores. Highlight books that are relevant to today’s world, along with local history. Don’t be too elitist or political in choosing the stock, be controversial and non-partisan. Get out on to the streets to advertise the library service, rather than running it down.
Janet Mackey ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
We need libraries for the good of the community. Books, computers, leaflets and general enquiries
John Jordan HORNCASTLE, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
I rely on the library for IT access when not attending university.
Vicki Fairweather HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Our local library is one of my 3-year-old’s favourite places. Long may this continue….
Katie Rodriguez LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Coningsby library is the only one in walking distance, and the only place I can get to to do my university work and access books for research.
Georgie Richardson ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Alford needs a Library for the use of the children and elderly people who make use of it daily. Their reference resources are good and where we would be expected to go for the Library service. Thought we were meant to saving our planet!
Celia Evershed GAINSBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Local libraries provide more that just reading material, they also provide a focus point for a town or village where people can meet on equal terms. Please save our libraries.
Justine Whittern ZUID BEIJERLAND, NETHERLANDS 3 months ago Like 1
I spent a lot of time in the Library as a child – first as a small child learning the pleasures of reading and being read to at book clubs and readings by the authors of the books I was reading at the time (how amazing for a small child!) and then as a secondary school student. I would call in at the library on my way home from school to use the encyclopaedias and reference books to do my homework. What a fabulous place, which embraces the importance of – and access to – knowledge. It needs old-fashioned language to say that money (and the bottom line of the balance sheet) is not the only source of riches. Removing access to libraries for the population – and especially for those who don’t have a full bookshelf at home – makes us all poorer.
Adele Pool SUTTON ST JAMES, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Children and local communities need Libraries
Lucy Rigby LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Public libraries are a public good. These plans will damage our county for years to come.
Cathy Scott BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
My parents live in Alford and use the library, I grew up using this library, where else are the people of Alford going to go to borrow books?!?!
Derek Warriner NORTH HYKEHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Once again we are being shown how little governments, including local, care about the elderly, infirm and the very young. Libraries are sometimes the only place they have to meet other people and connect with the outside world. Closing our libraries will exclude many of the above from the joys of reading and communicating.
Julia Richardson ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
I grew up in Alford (now aged 33) and visited the library with my parents every week which myself and my brother really enjoyed. My parents who are now retired still visit the library weekly and being in a small community, people young and old rely on local services and activities to keep them active and part of the local town life. Public transport is not frequent in small communities so it is not easy especially for old people and families with young children to just hop on a bus and visit a library which would be at least a 30 minute bus journey from Alford to the nearest big town. There is not easy access to book shops, many old people do not have the internet so can’t buy books online or use ereaders, which would also be a huge cost to them. I cannot understand why any goverment or local council would even consider taking these services out of small communities where I feel they are valued and required more than in big cities/towns where there is easy access to book shops, more charity shops to buy cheap books, easier access to the internet, better public transport to travel further, and more activities/services to occupy there time especially in retirement. Small communities are often forgotten and lack public funding, so why take the one local service out of a small town which I guarantee would have a devastating effect on the community, local life and the education of the young.
Adam Pegg LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Because I grew up in rural Lincolnshire and my local public library was invaluable to me. I want to see a positive future for our public libraries.
Julian Beckton LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Libraries are the lifeblood of civilisation. Don’t you remember the delight on your childs face as he or she turned the pages of a book, and ran to the other books on the shelves for more? Try doing that with a Kindle and see how long they stay interested!
micheal raven SLEAFORD, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
I use the libraries regularly and the loss of my local one will cause hardship not only for me but also for the community as a whole,. Our village only has a 2 hourly bus service in the week ,none on the weekend to our nearest town.
It is amazing that the council can consider this move when they are willing to spend £15000 on bikes in Lincoln.
Julia Greenfield JULIA GREENFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
My mum looks after my children when I work and takes them to Alford library, they’ve learnt so much by going. Also as a teacher I take my class to use the library, it teaches them an invaluable lesson of taking care property as well as creating an enthusiasm for books. Many local children use the computers which they don’t have access to at home and it gives them somewhere safe and constructive to go rather than wondering the streets in Alford.
diane johnson ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
We have no facilities in Alford, Taking away our library would be devastating for lots of people especially the young and elderly.
Karen Lillimam YORK, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
I developed my love of education and books through my childhood in Lincolnshire. The mobile library provided an essential public service to my Nan when she lived in an isolated Lincolnshire village.
I later visited Mablethorpe library on many occasions and it would be devastating for local people if such community services were taken away.
Cutting library funding is a false economy as libraries provide education and access to employment opportunities through support for job seekers unable to access the internet elsewhere.
Jane Hill ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
there are too many elderly and young people who rely on Alford Library, who are unable to use public transport – not that there is much around here! The loss of the library would be a big blow to many people, and yet another nail in the coffin for Alford
Trudi Thomson COVENTRY, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Education & learning are the stepping stones to gaining knowledge. Knowledge is not gained from one medium & having free access to books, newspapers, journals, articles….internet, present & past allows for personal development from childhood and through adulthood. We should be expanding our learning centres to encourage all generations to access learning. To encourage abilities and capabilities. Learning is rewarding. And what about the pleasure of just reading a book. Or having a story read to you. I am against such closures. It is short sighted lacking in imagination and creativity in order to save money.
Toby Evison NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
for my family who are big on books and live in lincolnshire!
Diane Hadfield HULL, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
With Government reports showing that less-well off children in coastal and market towns do not make expected progress at school, it would seem that access to information is particlarly important in these areas.
Marzia Nicodemi-Ehikioya CROYDON, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Because a library is an important community hub
Rebecca Gumbleton LONG EATON, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Everyone should have access to this wonderful resource. The opportunity to visit libraries should not be reserved for the privileged.
Emma Newstead SPILSBY, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
I have fond memories of visiting Spilsby library, borrowing books and the activities during summer holidays.
Teresa Rowson LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
I’ve always used libraries, and used to take my children when they were young. Now my daughter loves books. Books should be available to everyone. Not everyone can afford to buy them
Anna Hoyles LOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Books should be available free to all
Ian Birchall HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Reading is vital to educate our children. Libraries give the gift of life-long learning.
Paul Stainthorp HORNCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
I’ve used my local library for 25 years; the staff here are professional, knowledgeable and helpful and I want to see it grow and thrive, not wither away through cuts.
Heather Prue LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
The world cannot function without books! This returns us to a dark age of reading being only for the privileged and we cannot allow that to happen!
Lesley Firth LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
Libraries are essential. More so now in this information overloaded world. Anyone who thinks that volunteers can replace trained and experienced library staff should try working in one for a week.
Gary Padgett LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
I am opposed to cuts in services as a result of the banking crisis. Let’s the banks sort their own mess out
Jasmin Poxon LINCOLNSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago
I have started the goal number of signatures at 2000, hopefully we can get more but 2000 would be a great number to reach in order to get the attention of the Council!
Hannah Shipman VILNIUS, LITHUANIA 3 months ago Like 1
I grew up in Horncastle, Lincolnshire. Libraries in rural areas are part of the lifeblood of the community, as well as providing important services for people of all ages. As an educator and life-long learner, it is my belief that closing libraries is a very short-sighted way to save money.
Jasmin Poxon LINCOLNSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago
I am a very passionate and active member of my local library and I know how much they mean to the communities that they are based in!
matt stephens ALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM 3 months ago Like 1
libraries are the only knowledge and information source that are open to ALL in Lincolnshire. limiting access to those who can travel is simply wrong!