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I’ll do it, but only if you’ll help

Pledge “blusers”

"I will set up a British Library Users' Group but only if 20 other British Library users will join."

— Heather Brooke, British Library user

Deadline to sign up by: 15th August 2005
15 people signed up, 5 more were needed

Country: United Kingdom

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Amazingly, the British Library lacks a users' group. The 'Friends of the British Library' is a fundraising group and does not represent users. At board meetings, there is no group that represents our concerns.

The need for such a users perspective became clear when the BL announced its decision to allow a private company to charge users £4.50/hr to access electronic resources. This decision was made without any user consultation and is the topic of an earlier successful online pledge (

I'd like to see a British Library that listens to the views of its users and takes those views into account when making policy or awarding contracts. If you would like to see a more user-focused Library then please sign my pledge.

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  • Heather -- I'm not going to the library for a few weeks, but why not print out the customised flyers provided automatically by Pledgebank, and give them to other users next time you are there?

    You could also email everyone pledging to write to their MP and ask those people to hand out some flyers too.
    Tim, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Wouldn't it be useful to put a note of this pledge in the cotton lounge? Then loads of users would be aware of this and sign your pledge!
    Eccy de Jonge, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • £4.50 an hour! This goes against the whole free public library ethos! T'were better to charge for borrowing pulp fiction!(?)
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Current signatories (Green text = they've done it)

Heather Brooke, the Pledge Creator, joined by:

  • Tim
  • Dr Dennis Low
  • Martin Owens
  • Nigel Cliff
  • Judith Hitchin
  • Mark Summers
  • Paul Harding
  • Eleanor Jenkins
  • Amanda Brown
  • donna beetham
  • Eccy de Jonge
  • Carolyn Clarke
  • Rob Priest
  • David Hancock
  • Chris Noel

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