Culture, Media and Sport CommitteeWritten evidence submitted by Anne Howie

Short Summary

Libraries must be fit for purpose.

1964 Act talks about library authority administration.

General duty of library administration “to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service for all persons” wanting to make use of them.

Libraries “may make contributions towards the expenses of another library” (1964 Act) under the powers of the Secretary of State.

Transferring officers must have favourable employment conditions (1964 Act).

Central to college needs.

What constitutes a comprehensive and efficient library service for the 21st century

To provide for student needs.

Use of premises for educational and cultural events (1964 Act).

Access to.



Magazines/Journals/CDs/DVDs/electronic works.

Research needs.

Space to work.

Quality assurance.

Interlibrary loan facilities.

Restriction on charges according to the Act.

Concern over libraries being fit for purpose.

The extent to which planned library closures are compatible with requirements of the Libraries & Museums Act 1964 and the Charteris Report

Closing communities by these actions.

Incompatible with the requirements of the Act and Charteris Report.

The impact library closures have on local communities

Demoralised communities.

Feeling of lack of engagement amongst the local community.

The effectiveness of the Secretary of State’s powers of intervention under the Public Libraries & Museums Act 1964

Under the current Coalition government, not effective.

Effectiveness is always a priority for governments.

But, so far, the government has done nothing to intervene.

January 2012

Prepared 5th November 2012