More Cuts in Library Services
The closure of public libraries continues, with proposals to axe five libraries recently rubber-stamped by Dudley Council, which claims that the cash saved will be used to update library services elsewhere. Campaigners against the closures have already collected over 700 names on a petition protesting against the closures, which will leave many families having to travel up to 8 miles to use a library.
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Meanwhile the Dorset Echo reports that six parish councils are offering to top up opening hours in their local libraries. Opening hours have been reduced in all 34 Dorset libraries including the main libraires in Dorchester and Weymouth as an alternative to closing up to 13 libraries. The six parishes will be asked to find over £1,000 for one extra hour per week fora year.