National Libraries Day

Book lovers across London are celebrating National Libraries Day today, a culmination of a weeks worth of celebrations in school, college, university, workplace and public libraries across the UK.

Council bucks trend on libraries

The borough of Hillingdon has 17 of them - and their council has announced, on National Library Day, that it is carrying out work on every single one of them.

We visited Botwell Green Library in Hayes where a coffee bar has been installed, there is free Wi-Fi throughout and 16 public access PCs.

Hillingdon has managed to reduce running costs whilst at the same time protecting libraries from closure, retaining staff, extending opening hours and increasing stock levels of books and digital resources.

We visited Botwell Green Library in Hayes where a coffee bar has been installed, there is free Wi-Fi throughout and 16 public access PCs.

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Hillingdon Council gives libraries a boost

The Libary is a public service that has suffered in recent years with closures but one council seems to be bucking that trend.

The borough of Hillingdon has 17 of them and their council has announced that it will be investing money in every single one of them.

Hillingdon Council buck the trend of the dying library
Hillingdon Council buck the trend of the dying library Credit: PA

Hillingdon Council have already reduce running costs whilst at the same time protecting libraries from closure, retaining staff, extending opening hours and increasing stock levels of books and digital resources.

National Libraries Day celebrated today

Piles of books
Book lovers are celebrating National Libraries Day Credit: Reuters/Toby Melville

Book lovers across London are celebrating National Libraries Day today, a culmination of a weeks worth of celebrations in school, college, university, workplace and public libraries across the UK.

It follows the news Hillingdon Council is investing in all 17 of the borough's libraries by rebuilt or refurbishing them while local supporters managed to save Friern Barnet Library just last week.

The Reading Agency has announced a new wave of author and publisher support for libraries as the service prepares to celebrate National Libraries Day with Paul McKenna visiting Islington Library later this month.

This year's Summer Reading Challenge, which encourages children to read for pleasure, will be supported by illustrator Chris Riddell. The theme for this year's event, now in its 15th year, is "Creepy House", and will be spread through libraries across the country.