Friday, 6 July 2012

Independent libraries in 'British librarianship and information work 2006-2010'

The new volume of British librarianship and information work, covering the years 2006-2010, contains for the first time a chapter dedicated to independent libraries. Although not exhaustive, the “Independent libraries” chapter covers most of the important developments and trends regarding independent libraries in these years. It also serves as a review of key literature around the subject. The chapter makes an attempt at identifying some opportunities and challenges for the sector, and hopefully will contribute to further comment and debate.

British librarianship and information work 2006-2010 was edited by J.H. Bowman and is available from

Bishopsgate Library User Survey

Bishopsgate Library is currently conducting a user survey, which is available at We are keen for anyone who has used Bishopsgate Library to complete the survey, which is completely anonymous.

For anyone who is unfamiliar with us, Bishopsgate Library is an independent library in the City of London. Part of Bishopsgate Institute, the Library is a special collections and reference library that is open to all. Collections focus on London, labour, freethought and humanism, co-operation, and campaign movements. To learn more, visit

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Leeds Library Celebrates the Jubilee

To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and to increase funds, a Grand Jubilee SoirĂ©e was held in the Leeds Library on Friday 1 June 2012 when the library in Commercial Street was decorated with Union Jacks and other bunting. Library members, their guests and other members of the public were entertained with good company, ‘50s Light Programme music, a book sale, a tombola, a 1952 quiz and a ‘guess the sweets in the bottle’ challenge. In addition, there were exhibitions on Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee and the year 1952. Drinks and a buffet completed the evening.

Main Room book sale
Drinks in the Reading Room

Flying the flag in the New Room