City library awarded prestigious title

Southampton city library has been given the title of ‘library of Sanctuary’ the third library in England to be granted this title. credit: Hannah De Boltz

THE AWARD was given by the city of sanctuary initiative created to provide safe spaces for the public and understands the importance of libraries and the key roles they play connecting the community. 

The announcement came during library week, an annual celebration of libraries. Southampton received the title of city of sanctuary alongside the library, becoming the first city to receive this title in the south-west. Cabinet Member for Homes and Culture, Satvir Kaur praised the library stating: “Southampton’s strength is in its diversity, being a welcoming port city for centuries. Now as a City of Sanctuary, it’s great our local libraries can join and complement the work already done by our schools, universities, and many community organisations.”

The library achieved this award through refugee, asylum seeker, and migrant training. Working with the Clear project who support and find sanctuaries. Securing national lottery funding to create a language café working with Southampton and Winchester visitor group. 

By Hannah De Boltz (@Hannah_boltz)