National Libraries Day will be back on Saturday 6 February 2016, celebrating libraries, library staff and their communities all over the UK.
This year’s campaign aims to get more public libraries involved than ever before, showcasing what libraries have to offer for all different needs and interests with ideas to attract as many visitors as possible to local libraries on Saturday 6 February.
Nick Poole, CILIP Chief Executive said: “Public libraries provide everyone with opportunities for learning and inspiration. They help people find work and set up their own business. Libraries are places where children and young people discover the joys of reading, learn new skills like coding and get help with their homework. They tackle social exclusion and isolation. They improve health and wellbeing and help people get online. Everyone is welcome and the space belongs to the public, which is increasingly rare in our communities.”
Thousands of people took part in over 700 events in libraries across the country for National Libraries Day 2015. Musician and songwriter John Lydon, Johnny Rotten, recorded a special message encouraging people to show their support for Britain’s libraries.
Primarily a celebration of public libraries, National Libraries Day is strongly supported by libraries of all kinds including school, university, workplace and government libraries and by organisations, politicians, public figures, celebrities, writers and illustrators and service users. National Libraries Day will be the finale of a week’s celebrations in all types of library.
Cat Cooper, Communications and Campaigns Manager, CILIP
Tel: 020 7255 0653
Notes to editors
National Libraries Day is a grassroots campaign with leading charities, local authorities, library campaigners, library staff and community members involved. The steering group is made up of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), The Reading Agency, the School Library Association and the Society of Chief Librarians. National Libraries Day 2016 takes place on Saturday 6 February 2016 and is the finale of a week of celebrations in school, college, university, workplace, public and all kinds of libraries across the UK from Monday 1 February.