To: Fife Council & Fife Cultural Trust

Keep Fife's Libraries Open

Keep Fife's Libraries Open

Please do not close the 16 proposed libraries across Fife - keep them open and retain all members of staff.

Why is this important?

On 18th June Fife Cultural Trust, who run Fife's libraries on behalf of Fife Council, announced the proposal to close 16 libraries across the county: Glenwood (Glenrothes), Thornton, Markinch, Pitteuchar (Glenrothes), Kinghorn, Crail, Lundin Links, Pittenweem, Colinsburgh, Falkland, Freuchie, East Wemyss, Bowhill, Crossgates, Abbeyview (Dunfermline) and Townhill.

These libraries provide many people with vital internet services and access to books that they would otherwise not get. Many unemployed people or those on low income cannot afford internet contracts and therefore use the libraries for this: closing them means far more restricted access to things like online banking, bill payments and job searching. Some of the areas affected are rural and by closing these internet access points they will have to use public transport to travel further afield; this is money they do not have, and may lead to benefit sanctions if they cannot apply for jobs.

Update (23/6/15): Local councillors have managed to stall the closures by demanding Fife Council give a public consultation. While this is great news we still need to continue having our voices heard.

Fife

Reasons for signing

  • Libraries are a key contributor to personal development, opportunities and community good.
  • . Andrew Carnegie thought it was a place to invest in.Fife Council should take a leaf from his book
  • My 9 year old child loves his community library

Updates

2015-07-28 00:32:56 +0100

Our first public meeting will take place at 7pm on 4th August at the Glenrothes Salvation Army Hall, Caskieberran Road, Glenrothes, KY6 2NR. All are welcome. Speakers and open discussion.

2015-06-28 12:14:35 +0100

138 signatures gained from our stall at Dunfermline Gala. Our next stall will be in Markinch outside the primary school at 2pm, Tuesday 30th June.

2015-06-24 09:48:41 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2015-06-23 17:41:35 +0100

Local councillors have managed to stall the closures by demanding Fife Council give a public consultation. While this is great news we still need to continue having our voices heard.

Common Weal Fife will be at Dunfermline Gala this Saturday (27th June) with paper copies of the petition so bring along people without internet access if you can.

We also have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Keep-Fifes-Libraries-Open/700143936797914

2015-06-22 16:51:31 +0100

500 signatures reached

2015-06-21 09:09:04 +0100

100 signatures reached

2015-06-21 00:39:46 +0100

50 signatures reached

2015-06-20 23:39:49 +0100

25 signatures reached

2015-06-20 23:26:07 +0100

10 signatures reached