Hundreds at Cardiff library cuts and closure protest
About 400 people have gathered in Cardiff to oppose council plans to cut funding for libraries.
Local writers joined the rally outside Central Library against the possible closure of seven libraries in the city.
People held placards and banners calling for them to be saved, while dozens held books in the air and read stories out loud in unison.
The council has said it needs to save £48.3m in 2015/16 and a final decision will be made on 26 February.
Dozens of people took to Twitter to show their support for the campaign, including Jessica Kelly, who tweeted: "I'm protesting Cardiff library cuts because libraries have always been a vital part of my life."
Last week it emerged Manic Street Preachers rock star James Dean Bradfield had written to ask the council to protect the central library which the band opened in 2009.
Meanwhile deputy culture minister Ken Skates has pledged government support for libraries in "challenging times".
Speaking ahead of National Libraries Day on Saturday, he said £1.7m had been committed over the last year to improve library premises and promoting their use as community "hubs" for a range of local services.
He welcomed a 5% rise in borrowers, and urged councils to "recognise the value of cultural facilities and services".