Crosby Library and Civic Centre in Waterloo joined more than a hundred buildings and landmarks across England and Wales by lighting up purple to celebrate the upcoming census and its importance to communities.
The event was organised by The Office for National Statistics (ONS) to raise awareness of the census, a survey that happens every ten years and gives a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales.
The iconic library, which has been lit up for a wide range of occasions, joined beloved national landmarks in celebration of the census, these included the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, BT Tower in London and Blackpool Tower.
The census helps inform the provision of public services throughout the UK, such as determining the appropriate number of school places and hospital beds that are needed to properly serve their communities.
Pete Benton, ONS Director of Census Operations, commented:
“The census is such an important undertaking that helps inform the vital services we all rely on every single day within our communities.
“We wanted to shine a (purple!) light on the buildings and landmarks that matter most to their local areas, highlighting the importance of the census in helping shape the communities we live in.
“We’re thrilled with all the support we have received so far and would like to thank Sefton Council’s library service for their participation. Now is the time for everyone to complete their census and be part of history”
Leader of Sefton Council, Cllr Ian Maher, said:
“The census is incredibly useful to us in Sefton, helping us to build a picture of the communities we serve in a borough for everyone, so please take part on Census Day.
“Sefton has supported the national push to reach as many parts of our communities as possible and it’s great to see such an iconic local landmark lit up as part of that support.
“While it’s been fun for the authority to support the Census in this way, there’s also a serious point to make. Please make sure you complete and return your census form as you can be fined £1000 if you don’t take part or share false information.”
Every household in England and Wales should have received their census letters with unique access codes enabling them to fill in their census online. Paper forms are available for those who need it, plus a range of other support.
In the coming days, the census field operation will begin contacting households who have not completed their census. They will never enter a house, they will always be socially distanced, be equipped with PPE and work in line with all government guidance.
If you need any help, or to request a paper form, you can visit the Census website The census support centre (freephone 0800 141 2021 in England and 0800 169 2021 in Wales) is available if you can’t find the help you need online.