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National Libraries Day

About NLD - Saturday 6 February 2016

NLDrgbNational Libraries Day is devoted to all types of libraries, library users, staff and supporters across the UK. Join in by organising a celebratory event.

How will you get involved? Visit the National Libraries Day website to register events and download useful items.

The School Library Association is proud to be a partner in this important event.

National Libraries Day will be back on Saturday 6 February 2016, celebrating libraries, library staff and their communities all over the UK.

Every day across the UK, librarians and information professionals are improving literacy rates, encouraging learning and promoting reading for pleasure. They connect people with the information they need and contribute to a fair and prosperous society. National Libraries Day 2015 is a chance to say a big thank you to these unsung heroes, to shine a spotlight on all the great work they do and to show decision-makers just why librarians and information professionals are so loved and so vital to our communities.

The National Libraries Day 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.

Former CILIP President, Phil Bradley said, "In these times of austerity is clear that libraries are needed and valued more than ever. Librarians in conjunction with their members are working hard to protect and improve their communities, to increase literacy levels, and to provide training and support in many areas, from learning about the internet through to researching for a new job. National Libraries Day is an opportunity to celebrate everyone who works in a library, everyone who visits libraries, and to highlight to people who don't visit them exactly what they're missing out on."  Cilip press release 16/11/2012

National Libraries Day - ideas

A newspaper-style factsheet created in 2013 to offer you tips, tricks and hints to get you started on your planning for National Libraries Day on 6th February 2016. Join in the celebration and share ideas via the National Libraries Day website.

NLD News 2013

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Some more ideas from NLD 2015

National Library Day Activities

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Check out loads more ideas in our Learning and Teaching section of the website

National Libraries Day Special Posters

Download our new library posters to promote National Libraries Day in your school. The posters are intended for printing out at good quality resolution in A3 or smaller.

Many thanks to Walker Books for their help with these fabulous posters.

Library Lion for NLD

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Have You Ever Ever for NLD

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The SLA's poster "Explore New Horizons" to promote National Libraries Day  - and suitable for general use too.

Explore New Horizons

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Explore New Horizons (Welsh version)

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