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Library closures

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1501: tabled on 11 February 2021

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 19 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House notes the ongoing concerns on the effect of austerity on local library services and that the covid-19 pandemic has led to new worries that financial pressures on local authorities could mean further cuts and reductions to services; believes in the value of local libraries and that despite the growth in digital technologies, there is still a clear need to physically access books and a demand within communities for modern, safe, non-judgemental, flexible library spaces for people of all ages, supported by the help and knowledge of the library workforce; further notes that local libraries are particularly important for the vulnerable in society who need support and guidance and for children and young people who benefit from engagement with libraries outside of the formal classroom environment; is concerned that the covid-19 pandemic has highlighted existing educational inequalities and the digital divide, and that many do not have access to devices or internet provision; and calls on the Government to ensure that libraries are reopened when it is safe as part of a sustainable, long-term future for local public libraries.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.