Libraries All Party Parliamentary Group

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The role of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Libraries is to

Promote the role of libraries in society and the economy, and examine themes in the wider information and knowledge sector.

Northamptonshire Libraries

Gill Furniss MP, Chair of the Group, wrote to DCMS Secretary of State Matt Hancock with concerns about proposals to close or transfer 21 libraries calling for a formal inquiry and for DCMS to establish a clear and transparent definition of ‘comprehensive and efficient’ under the 1964 Public Libraries and Museums Act.


The new Group was launched at a special event at the House of Lords on Tuesday 31 January 2017. 

Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson, actor Ben Bailey Smith and Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell joined politicians in a packed committee room at the House of Lords to launch the Group

Ben Bailey Smith, Gill Furniss MP and Chris Riddell

Ben Bailey Smith, Gill Furniss MP and Chris Riddell (left to right)
Rolf Marriott Photography and CILIP


Children's Laureate and political cartoonist produced a dedicated illustration for the launch promoting how librarians create the readers of the future.

Librarians create the readers of the future by Chris Riddell


About the APPG for Libraries

The Group is Chaired by Gill Furniss MP with Lord Graham Tope CBE as Vice-Chair.

The APPG is supported by CILIP, the library and information association, who provide the secretariat and the public enquiry point for the Group. If you have queries about the Group contact

About All Party Parliamentary Groups

APPGs are informal working groups at Westminster without formal powers. They bring together MPs and Peers from different parties with a shared interest in an issue.

They are run by and for members of the House of Commons and Lords, though many involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament.