The National Federation of Women's Institutes have voted in favour of campaigning in support of public libraries at their AGM. With over 208,000 members and a history of campaigning on a wide range of important issues, the WI is respected as a powerful lobbying force.
"I'm thrilled that we have a new and powerful friend fighting our corner," said Annie Mauger, Chief Executive of CILIP, "It's fabulous news for the millions of people across the UK that love their libraries. Libraries are an essential education and information resource. They are at the heart of communities across the country and are too important to lose."
Ruth Bond, Chair of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, said:
"WI members confirmed their support for local library services today and have pledged their commitment to fight to prevent local library closures wherever they are proposed. As an educational organisation, WI members clearly recognise the worth that local library services bring to communities, often in isolated areas, and we will now work hard to prevent such services being removed from the areas where they are often needed most."