Save Rosehill Library

28 Jan

Rosehill Library on Tomline Road in Ipswich is one of the 29 libraries earmarked for closure by Suffolk County Council.

Rosehill Library is also at the heart of the community, offering a huge service from a small building, loaning books, DVDs, CDs,  and running sessions for toddlers and pensioners from crafting to internet access.

Not all local residents have the time or the ability to travel in to the town centre to use the County Library and losing Rosehill would create a widely felt gap in the local community.

Why is it under threat?

Suffolk County Council needs to reduce the cost of running the library service by 30% over the next three years in response to a cut in government funding.

What will happen?

Rosehill Library, along with 28 others, will be classed as a ‘Community Library’ and the running of these libraries is being put out to tender. The council is asking for volunteer groups or businesses to put forward proposals to run these libraries, removing funding from 2012. Library supporters feel that this would diminish the library service, and that the council has a responsibility to continue to fund the local library services, finding the cuts from elsewhere.

What can I do?

In short ‘Support the Library‘!

  • Borrow books, attend sessions, if you’re not a member of the library, join!
  • Sign the petition, either in the library, or online here
  • Complete the consultation paper, paper copies can be requested by telephone on 01473 265086.
  • Tell the world why the library service is important to you – add a comment to this post or email me and I’ll post it up on your behalf.
  • Join in the Day of Action on the 5th February – I’ll be outside Rosehill handing out flyers and raising awareness, please join me!
  • Write to our local MPs, their details can be found on this website
  • Tell your friends, the more the merrier!
  • I’ll be adding posters and flyers to this site soon, print them off and put them up in local shops, at work, in your windows. Or even better – make your own (I am terrible at art!).

What’s the bigger picture?

Suffolk County Council is not the only authority to be threatening library services in a bid to save money, you can follow all other campaigns at Voices for the Library or you can follow them on Twitter – they’ll also give you all the information that you need on campaigns, and why we need to save our libraries, and our librarians.

Where can I find out more?

  • Sign up for email alerts from this blog, I’ll add as much information as I can.
  • Follow Save Rosehill Library on Twitter if you use Twitter, tell the world why you love libraries and add the hashtag #savelibraries
  • Local and national press.  The Library closure debate has been getting excellent coverage in both the local and national papers, and on local and national radio.

Can you help? Call for volunteers!

If you’d like to help Save Rosehill Library please, email me and let me know.

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4 Responses to “Save Rosehill Library”

  1. Alasdair Ross January 28, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    Many of my constituants in Rushmere Ward, Ipswich use Rosehill Library, please do all you can to keep the library open, used by many residents – from young to old.
    Councillor Alasdair Ross

  2. Liz williams February 4, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

    Hi,
    I’m really keen to get involved and will see you there on Saturday. it great that a group is coming together over this. I have been leafleting over the past few days and it’ll be good to meet up with similarly concerned people.

  3. Borin Van Loon February 20, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    Well done on your achievement so far. Drawing attention to these outrages is a thankless task and many still don’t realise what’s going on. SCC in its current overwhelmingly Tory guise is driving this change far too fast and we in Suffolk risk losing everything in the library service and many other services, too. If the report in Evening Star (19.2.11) is correct and the Labour group on IBC is able to get the borough to take on responsibilities for Ipswich school crossing patrols and the three town satellite libraries (Rosehill, Stoke and Westbourne), that’s good in a way. However, it plays into the hands of SCC who are responsible for providing the services – and we pay them to do it. It also leaves so many other libraries in Suffolk facing destruction and would put at risk the integrated library service across the county which works so well and provides access to hundreds of thousands of titles for the public via free reservations, computerized library system and van services. I will be at the meeting at Alan Road Methodist Church at 7.00 pm on Tuesday 22 February to look at the saving of Rosehill Library and would advise all other interested people to do likewise.
    (PS: Volunteers are great and do a fine job already in so many roles, but there is no substitute for dedicated, trained staff – there are only a handful of professional librarians in the Suffolk libraries system these days due to previous restructures – to deliver this excellent service to borrowers.)

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