Get involved

1 minute: Tweet your support: I’m standing up for our right to libraries #MyLibraryByRight

2 minutes: Sign the petition to call on the Government to fulfil their statutory responsibilities to taxpayers

3 minutes: Donate to the library fund to support innovation in libraries

5 minutes: Download and print off a poster to promote the campaign in your workplace

10 minutes: Contact your MP

Contact your MP

As a local constituent you have a powerful voice. Contact your MP and ask them to pledge their support for libraries.

  1. Find your MP, searching by postcode, constituency or your MP’s name.
  2. Use our local authority library data search to find out how many libraries have closed in your area.
  3. If a number of libraries have closed personalise template message A. If libraries haven’t closed personalise template message B.
  4. Send the message by email or post. (Find your MP’s contact details).
  5. If you do not receive a reply in two weeks follow up by email, phone or in person at a local surgery.

How many libraries have closed in your area?

Search for your local authority to find out:

Template message A

Quality local libraries: a statutory right

Dear [MP name]

As a constituent, I am writing with concerns about the impact of Government austerity policies on the quality of public library services.

A strong local library service is the foundation of a strong community. Evidence shows that libraries help people learn, develop digital skills, be more engaged and make more efficient use of Council services such as health and social care.

By statute Local Authorities must provide comprehensive and efficient library services, and central Government through DCMS must oversee and improve libraries.

BBC research has shown that since 2010 343 libraries have shut and over 8,000 jobs in UK libraries have been lost - a quarter of the workforce. The same research showed that in [your local authority] [BBC results] [Please include your own local detail if desired].

Properly staffed public libraries in England provide a lifeline for people in our community every day. They help people get online, develop their literacy and skills, find employment and build stronger ties across their community. They make an enormous contribution to public health, economic growth, and addressing the digital divide.

I am concerned that my statutory rights are being neglected. As my MP, I am asking if you will:

  • Pledge your support for libraries: www.mylibrarybyright.org.uk/pledge
  • Pass on my concerns to Mr Robert Wilson MP, DCMS Minister with responsibility for libraries, adding your support if you choose
  • Speak with Local Authority senior officers to make sure they are aware that libraries are a statutory service, and that our public libraries are receiving the support and funding that communities deserve

Yours sincerely

[Your full name]

[Your home address]

Template message B

Promoting the development of libraries

Dear [MP name]

As a constituent, I am writing to encourage your support for our libraries in [your local authority]

As you may be aware, public libraries are among the most used and trusted public services in the country. In 2015, libraries received over 265m visits, issued more than 190m books and provided 26m hours of supported Internet access. Universal access to a quality public library service is established as a statutory right under the 1964 Public Libraries and Museums Act.

You may also know that library services across the UK are facing service reductions or closures. BBC research has shown that since 2010 343 libraries have shut and over 8,000 jobs in UK libraries have been lost - a quarter of the workforce.

I am pleased to note that [your local authority] libraries have so far successfully resisted this trend. [Please include your own details about local library activities and impact if desired]
In recognition of this, I would like to invite you to:

  • Pledge your support for libraries: www.mylibrarybyright.org.uk/pledge
  • Share your support for local libraries, and the success of [your local authority] library service, with Mr Robert Wilson MP, DCMS Minister with responsibility for libraries
  • Engage with Local Authority senior officers to ensure that they continue to be able meet their statutory responsibilities in respect of library provision

Yours sincerely

[Your full name]

[Your home address]


Following publication of this data three councils provided further information to that contained in their original FOI responses. Derbyshire County Council has closed eight of its 10 mobile libraries while Gloucestershire County Council closed three and Lambeth closed two. See the BBC article for more information