This Saturday is National Libraries Day, an annual celebration that aims to highlight the importance of libraries as vitally important public services.
This weekend hundreds of events will be held in libraries around the country – find out what's happening near you here.
National Libraries Day ambassador for 2016, award-winning crime writer and creator of hit TV series Shetland and Vera, Ann Cleeves, said
‘Libraries matter. If we believe in equality of opportunity we must fight not just for the buildings but for the range of books inside and the skilled staff who can promote reading in all its forms. Not only do libraries encourage us to be more tolerant and better informed, they contribute enormously to the wealth of the nation.
If you're not a member join on National Libraries Day. It's easy and it's free. If you are, go along and choose a title that you might not otherwise have picked. Share the excitement of everyone who's greedy for reading. Help us to celebrate this wonderful institution.’
To inspire you to visit your local library this weekend, we’ve collected quotes from some of our favourite writers on the value of libraries.
‘I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and it’s better than college’
– Ray Bradbury
‘My love of books began when I borrowed Matilda by road Roald Dahl from my local library. Thirty years later and I'm signing my 12 week old daughter up at the same library so she too can experience that unique joy. Will she be able to do the same for her daughter in years to come? I truly hope so’
– Clare Donoghue, author of Never Look Back, No Place to Die and Trust No One.
‘A public library is the most enduring of memorials, the trustiest monument for the preservation of an event or a name or an affection’
– Mark Twain
'I ransack public libraries, and find them full of sunk treasure'
– Virginia Woolf