Leeds University Library

National Libraries Day

Published Monday 30 January 2012

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Join Alan Bennett, Julian Barnes and Stephen Fry for a day of nationwide celebration devoted to all libraries. Liberate your library-love and prevent them from disappearing for ever!

National Libraries Day is a nationwide celebration devoted to all libraries - public libraries, school and university libraries, prison, national, law, business and commercial libraries. 

Alan Bennett, Julian Barnes and Stephen Fry are among the stellar contributors to "The Library Book", to be published by Profile for National Libraries Day on 4th February. Editor Rebecca Gray, who volunteers in her spare time for a mobile library for homeless people, says:

"What's really come through in this project is how libraries liberate people, shape them, allow them to educate themselves. So many people are passionate about libraries, not just for the books, but for the space - and freedom - they provide."

Children's author and libraries campaigner Alan Gibbons enthused:

"We see National Libraries as a positive day of celebration to promote the whole culture of reading for pleasure, information and engagement whether you read your traditional books or on your laptop or e-reader. There are 320 million visits a year to our libraries but we can make them even more popular. It is time to make reading a universal culture. We want people
to go to their local public library and use their school library service.
Use it. Join it. Love it."

You can get ready for the day by following @NatLibrariesDay on Twitter, attending the event page on Facebook (login required) and visiting the National Libraries Day website.