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In The News:

BBC News: Gloucestershire library cuts of £1.8m agreed by council. 5 April 2012

BBC News: Library cuts: The battle of the bookshelves. 13 October 2011

BBC News: Anger at Manx mobile library cuts. 16 March 2012

BBC News: Authors join day of protest at library cuts. 5 February 2011

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Library Cut
Ainsdale Library, Sefton Closure ‘the very last resort’. Job cuts and reduced opening hours expected.
Ayton Library The council needs to save around £2 million from its library budget over the next four years, with the greatest savings having to be made in the first two years due to the government’s frontloading of its funding settlement.The council is running a consultation from 1st December 2010 to 28th February 2011 over proposals to reduce the service from 42 branch libraries, ten mobile libraries and one supermobile to 18 core libraries and two supermobiles. Supplemented by a network of community libraries run by local communities with professional support from the County Council.This library is earmarked for closure unless a local solution can be found.
Backwell Library, North Somerset Already closed and replaced with ‘access point’ in leisure centre.
Barlby library The council needs to save around £2 million from its library budget over the next four years, with the greatest savings having to be made in the first two years due to the government’s frontloading of its funding settlement.The council is running a consultation from 1st December 2010 to 28th February 2011 over proposals to reduce the service from 42 branch libraries, ten mobile libraries and one supermobile to 18 core libraries and two supermobiles. Supplemented by a network of community libraries run by local communities with professional support from the County Council.This library is earmarked for closure unless a local solution can be found.
Barlow Moor Library Manchester City Council plans to shut Barlow Moor Library, one of five smaller libraries set for closure across the city.
Bedale library The council needs to save around £2 million from its library budget over the next four years, with the greatest savings having to be made in the first two years due to the government’s frontloading of its funding settlement.The council is running a consultation from 1st December 2010 to 28th February 2011 over proposals to reduce the service from 42 branch libraries, ten mobile libraries and one supermobile to 18 core libraries and two supermobiles. Supplemented by a network of community libraries run by local communities with professional support from the County Council.This library is earmarked for closure unless a local solution can be found.
Bembridge Library, Isle of Wight Could close or be run by volunteers.
Bentham library The council needs to save around £2 million from its library budget over the next four years, with the greatest savings having to be made in the first two years due to the government’s frontloading of its funding settlement.The council is running a consultation from 1st December 2010 to 28th February 2011 over proposals to reduce the service from 42 branch libraries, ten mobile libraries and one supermobile to 18 core libraries and two supermobiles. Supplemented by a network of community libraries run by local communities with professional support from the County Council.This library is earmarked for closure unless a local solution can be found.
Bilton library The council needs to save around £2 million from its library budget over the next four years, with the greatest savings having to be made in the first two years due to the government’s frontloading of its funding settlement.The council is running a consultation from 1st December 2010 to 28th February 2011 over proposals to reduce the service from 42 branch libraries, ten mobile libraries and one supermobile to 18 core libraries and two supermobiles. Supplemented by a network of community libraries run by local communities with professional support from the County Council.This library is earmarked for closure unless a local solution can be found.
Birkdale Library, Sefton Closure ‘the very last resort’. Job cuts and reduced opening hours expected.
Blackheath library Blackheath library is one of five Lewisham libraries marked for closure. This is a popular library with:- a wide library collection.
– large print books and talking books
– music CDs.
– reference and information
– leaflets, newspapers and magazines
– free enquiry service, including book searches and local information.
– IT services
– free computer terminals managed via a computerised booking system with internet. They have MS Office software and the library has access to a wide range of electronic information resources. A small ICT suite also hosts tutored ICT courses including family learning sessions.
Booktrust schemes Booktrust is to lose all government funding for its bookgifting programmes in England from 1st April next year.The book charity’s bookgifting programmes, Bookstart, Booktime and Booked Up, received £13m from the Department for Education last year. This sum was used to generate a further £56m-worth of sponsorship from publishing partners and corporate sponsors.Booktrust chief executive Viv Bird said: “We are immensely surprised and disappointed by this decision and know that families, teachers, librarians, health visitors, our publishing partners and many others up and down the country will be sharing these feelings.”She added: “We passionately believe in these programmes and the proven extraordinary transformative power of reading for pleasure. We will be consulting with our partners and exploring alternative funding opportunities to do our utmost to make sure that every child continues to be given the opportunity to develop a lifelong love of books.”Bookstart is a national programme that gives a free pack of books to babies, and guidance materials to parents and carers. Booktime promotes reading aloud with children, and Booked Up aims to give a free book to every child starting secondary school in England.
Boroughbridge library The council needs to save around £2 million from its library budget over the next four years, with the greatest savings having to be made in the first two years due to the government’s frontloading of its funding settlement.The council is running a consultation from 1st December 2010 to 28th February 2011 over proposals to reduce the service from 42 branch libraries, ten mobile libraries and one supermobile to 18 core libraries and two supermobiles. Supplemented by a network of community libraries run by local communities with professional support from the County Council.This library is earmarked for closure unless a local solution can be found.
Bradmore Green Library, Croydon All of Croydon Libraries are to be privatised by 2014.
Bretton Library opening hours Bretton Library’s opening hours are set to be cut from 44.5 hours a week to 29 hours a week, in line with Peterborough City Council’s plan to restrict opening hours at all district libraries to 29 hours.The council’s plans are currently out to public consultation along with the remainder of its proposed budget, with responses due by early February 2011.
Bridgend libraries Local library service, providing library services to Bridgend and surrounding areas, and heavily relied on by the elderly and children in particular in an already economically deprived area. The council proposes 20 percent cuts to the library budget. Even a lower 16 percent cut will still result in the closure of at least three libraries, the ending of a mobile PC skills unit, reductions in funds available to buy new books and reductions in opening hours.
Bristol libraries Bristol City Council plans to cut £200k from its annual library spending during 2011/12 through a Library Services review that will look to implement alternative provision, including self-service and shared use of premises with more flexible working.The council will also cut £90k from the £700k annual Library Book Fund, alongside a review of its replacement strategy.
Broad Green Library, Croydon All of Croydon Libraries are to be privatised by 2014.
Bulkington Library, Warwickshire Under threat. One of 16 libraries ‘no longer sustainable in current form’.
Bulkington Library, Warwickshire Under threat. Villagers have been told Bulkington Library will close unless they can produce a ‘robust’ business plan to save it.
Bulwell Library, Nottingham To move into shared building with other council services.
Cambridgeshire libraries Cambridgeshire’s libraries and local studies/archives budget faces £3.2m of cuts between 2011 and 2015. 13 libraries are under review. Large staff cuts are proposed along with a circa £150k cut in the fund for new books.
Camden libraries Camden Council is planning to close its mobile library service and a number of library branches in order to save £1.6m a year by 2014.The local libraries at risk of closure have not been named, although Belsize and Chalk Farm libraries are thought to be at risk. Residents will be consulted early in 2011 on the future of libraries with a view to identifying savings from direct service provision for implementation during the 2011/12 financial year.The mobile library service will be shut. The service has 250 regular users, including a high proportion of children and elderly users. The council says they will be redirected to alternative provision.Camden currently has a relatively high number of libraries per square mile, but 24 percent of the local population regularly use the service, while half the population use libraries less frequently.
Cinderford library and youth centre This is a poor ex-mining town, not the plush Cotswold/royal stereotype of Gloucestershire. Many use the Library for computer access. The youth club is the only facility of its kind in the town.
Clayton Library Manchester City Council plans to shut Clayton Library, one of five smaller libraries set for closure. The move follows the opening of the new Beswick Library.
Colburn library The council needs to save around £2 million from its library budget over the next four years, with the greatest savings having to be made in the first two years due to the government’s frontloading of its funding settlement.The council is running a consultation from 1st December 2010 to 28th February 2011 over proposals to reduce the service from 42 branch libraries, ten mobile libraries and one supermobile to 18 core libraries and two supermobiles. Supplemented by a network of community libraries run by local communities with professional support from the County Council.This library is earmarked for closure unless a local solution can be found.
Crofton Park library Another popular Lewisham library that is earmarked for closure. Local councillors and community have been campaigning hard to save the library.Has:- video conferencing access to Council departments.
– IT services
– Eight free public PCs with internet access.
– ICT suite also hosts tutored ICT courses including family learning sessions.Activities and reading promotions include weekly under-fives storytimes.
Croydon libraries Croydon council is proposing the closure of six libraries.
Dafen Library, Carmarthenshire Death knell sounded as one of four said to ‘poorly performing’.
Deddington Library Deddington Library is on the list of proposed closures drawn up by Oxfordshire County Council.
Dogsthorpe Library opening hours Dogsthorpe Library’s opening hours are set to be cut from 34.5 hours a week to 29 hours a week, in line with Peterborough City Council’s plan to restrict opening hours at all district libraries to 29 hours.The council’s plans are currently out to public consultation along with the remainder of its proposed budget, with responses due by early February 2011.
East City Library Manchester City Council plans to shut East City Library, one of five smaller libraries set for closure across the city. The move follows the opening of the new Beswick Library.
East Cowes Library, Isle of Wight Could close or be run by volunteers.
Edzell Library, Angus Closed. An updated mobile service may now call in Edzell.
Faifley Library, West Dunbartonshire Closure put forward in council meeting in December 2010
Falkirk district libraries Falkirk Council is planning to shut all of its libraries on Saturday afternoons and reduce evening opening hours. The affected libraries are:* Falkirk
* Polmont
* Grangemouth
* Bo’ness
* Bonnybridge
* Denny
* Larbert
* Slamannan
Five Bolton libraries to close After a sustained campaign by local people to keep libraries open, a review of Bolton’s library service means that five branch libraries will close. The council says that the closures will save the council £200,000 a year.Highfield, Castle Hill, Oxford Grove, and Heaton libraries have already closed, with Astley Bridge due to close on April 5.More than 15,000 people signed petitions urging Bolton Council to keep all libraries open.http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/the-northerner/2011/jul/06/library-closures-bolton-campaign-to-save-them
Foggy Furze Library, Hartlepool Closed on 02.04.11 to save local council £48,000.
Friockheim Library, Angus Closed. An updated mobile service may now call in Friockheim.
Gavinburn Library, West Dunbartonshire Closure put forward in council meeting in December 2010
Grove Park library Grove Park library is threatened with closure as part of Lewisham council’s proposed five library cuts. Services include:- IT services
– Four free public terminals with internet and subscriptions to several electronic information resources
– Small ICT suite that also hosts tutored ICT courses including family learning sessions.Activities and reading promotions include year round monthly under-fives storytimes.
Harrow Green Library, Waltham Forest Closure proposed.
Headington Library Headington Library is one of 23 (out of 40) libraries in Oxfordshire whose funding is being cut. They are apparently to be turned over to volunteers.
Heathfield Library, Richmond Closed on 17.03.11.
Heaton Library, Bradford Closed 30th June 2011
Hounslow public libraries and youth service Hounslow Council has put eight of its 11 public libraries at risk of closure. It intends to retain the three “main” libraries. Hounslow also intends to close down its entire Integrated Youth Services – a demonstration was held against this on 15th January 2011.
Isle of Wight libraries Isle of Wight Council plans to shut nine of its 11 libraries. Cowes, Sandown, Ventnor and Freshwater libraries would remain open until 31 March 2012 in the hope that community-run libraries will be set up instead. East Cowes, Bembridge, Shanklin, Niton and Brighstone libraries are due to close on 31 March 2011.The plans include enhancement of the two surviving libraries, at Newport and Ryde, which will open for 50 hours a week. The council stresses that volunteers can be found to run the libraries it plans shut. The music library, which enables the local orchestra to procure scores, is to be closed.
Isle of Wight Libraries The isle of wight council plan to close a series of libraries across the island cutting off a vital service all over the island, it is yet to be confirmed which libraries wil go but seeing as the county council don’t give a flying fuck about public opinion.
Ladyton Library, West Dunbartonshire Closure put forward in council meeting in December 2010
Lambeth libraries THE four libraries most under threat of closure in a borough have been revealed. Lambeth council is considering axing the branches as it seeks to make savings of £39million this year following cuts in Government funding.The town hall’s Labour leader, Councillor Steve Reed, said libraries that could go were those considered too expensive to run.They are the Durning Library in Kennington Lane; Waterloo Library in Lower Marsh; Minet Library in Knatchbull Road, Brixton; and Carnegie Library in Herne Hill Road, Herne Hill.
Letham Library, Angus Closed. An updated mobile service may now call in Letham.
libraries Libraries are being “offered to the community” to run. So it’s not the council’s fault when they close!
Library Lending books, reading circles, IT access
Lochwinnoch Library Renfrewshire Council have voted to move Lochwinnoch Village Library out of its current location into the space currently occupied by the community run after school club. The children from the after school club are to be squeezed into the local school, which will in turn affect the after school opportunities for all local children. The library is currently housed in a 150 year old building which was gifted to the village by a local family. The council expects that the move will cost £80,000 excluding the cost of moving the childcare. The council expects to save £15,000 per annum so it will take nearly five years to break even.
Manchester libraries service Manchester City Council plans to implement a variety of cuts to its library service:* review of opening hours, to save £463k from 2011-13
* review of the mobile library service, to save £500k from 2011-13
* 20 percent cut to the book fund
* homework support provision to either cease or be directly funded by schools from July 2011
* reduced IT replacement programme
* 50 percent reduction in IT facilitatorsHulme Library will be relocated, while five libraries – Clayton, East City, Rack House, Barlow Moor and Miles Platting – will close (these closures are listed individually on the False Economy site).
Milborne Port Library Milborne Port Library is under grave threat of closure next spring. This small but thriving library provides vital services to the village of Milborne Port and its residents.
Miles Platting Library Manchester City Council plans to shut Miles Platting Library, one of five libraries set for closure across the city.
New Cross library As part of a comprehensive package of cuts, Lewisham Council is proposing to close five libraries, including New Cross.Lewisham borough is one of the most deprived boroughs in London, with high unemployment.Already down to three-day-a-week opening, the library is one of the few free educational and cultural resources in the area. It is well-frequented by local children and elderly people. It has a good range of books, CDs and places for quiet study. It has computer terminals for free internet access.
Newtyle Library, Angus Closed. An updated mobile service may now call in Newtyle.
Norbury Library, Croydon All of Croydon Libraries are to be privatised by 2014.
Orton Library opening hours Orton Library’s opening hours are set to be cut from 44.5 hours a week to 29 hours a week, in line with Peterborough City Council’s plan to restrict opening hours at all district libraries to 29 hours.The council’s plans are currently out to public consultation along with the remainder of its proposed budget, with responses due by early February 2011.
Oxfordshire county libraries Almost half of Oxfordshire County Libraries are to be cut in proposals put forward by conservative-run Oxfordshire County council. 20 of the the 43 libraries, often in rural locations, are to be cut, saving a measly 2m over 4 years. A one-off pot of money is being made available to voluntary community groups who may wish to come forward with proposals to run their local library. The detail of how infrastructure, the buildings, the stock, the systems ,will be dealt with under any volunteer scheme, has not been made clear. Any grant to volunteer groups would be one-off.
Penge and Anerley libraries Bromley Council plans to merge Penge and Anerley libraries, with one of the libraries closing. The council says the merged library would be an improvement on the two existing facilities.
Pontyates Library, Carmarthenshire Death knell sounded as one of four said to ‘poorly performing’.
Pontyberem Library, Carmarthenshire Death knell sounded as one of four said to ‘poorly performing’.
Rack House Library Manchester City Council plans to shut Rack House Library in Wythenshawe, one of five smaller libraries set for closure across the city. The move follows the opening of the new Brooklands Library.
Sanderstead Library, Croydon All of Croydon Libraries are to be privatised by 2014.
Sefton library closures Sefton Council is scrapping its mobile library while three Southport libraries are under threat of closure, leaving only one (Southport Town Centre) – which is itself currently in temporary accommodation.
Shirley Library, Croydon All of Croydon Libraries are to be privatised by 2014
South Chingford Library, Waltham Forest Closure proposed.
South Norwood Library, Croydon All of Croydon Libraries are to be privatised by 2014
Suffolk County Libraries Suffolk County Council plans to cut at least 30 percent from its £9m library budget over the next three years. Two-thirds of Suffolk’s 44 libraries will close by 2012 if no-one comes forward to take them over.A public consultation launched by the county council will run until 30th April 2011.Suffolk County Council is signed up as one of ten pilot regions for the government’s Future Libraries programme.
Sutton libraries (proposed) Possible outsourcing of services.
Sydenham library Popular library with extra services like Opening Doors advice and training services for job seekers.Also has:
Free computers with internet access
Small ICT suite that has tutored ICT courses including family learning sessions.
PC with educational CD-ROM library.Does a lot of activities and reading promotions:
Year round – including weekly under-fives storytimes during school terms, monthly teenage reading group and monthly sessions for over 55s.Also has an adult reading group that meets monthly.
Tumble Library, Carmarthernshire Death knell sounded as one of four said to ‘poorly performing’.
Wandsworth Libraries Wandsworth Council have launched a formal public consultation on reducing opening hours at 10 Wandsworth libraries and closing York Gardens library in Battersea.A series of meetings are being held at 11 of the borough’s libraries so that members of the public can have their questions on the consultation answered.The council have stated that they “want to hear if people have alternative suggestions. There may be many other ideas out there that can help us achieve the savings we need and we would welcome people coming up with other solutions.”The consultation will run until Sunday, February 6th 2011.
Werrington Library opening hours Werrington Library’s opening hours are set to be cut from 44.5 hours a week to 29 hours a week, in line with Peterborough City Council’s plan to restrict opening hours at all district libraries to 29 hours.The council’s plans are currently out to public consultation along with the remainder of its proposed budget, with responses due by early February 2011.
Whifflet Library, North Lanarkshire Closed since summer 2010.
Wilford Library, Nottingham Closed since 11.09.10.
Wilsden Library, Bradford Closed 30th June 2011
Wiltshire libraries Ten villages have been told their libraries will close unless unpaid volunteers staff them, while others face reduced hours.Ten of the 31 council operated libraries in the county will be closed unless volunteers agree to keep them open. They include libraries at Aldbourne, Box, Lyneham, Market Lavington, Purton and Ramsbury as well as others in the south of the county.Of the remaining libraries, Cricklade and Pewsey will be cut from 20 and 24 hours to 14 hours per week, while Corsham, Malmesbury and Marlborough will be cut from 39.5, 38.5 and 42.5 hours to 33 hours per week. Calne will will be cut from 46 to 40 hours, Devizes from 51 to 43 hours, and Chippenham from 55 to 49 hours a week.Before Christmas 2010, 17.5 full time posts were made redundant from library services. More librarians will be made redundant as part of the community transfer, which council bosses hope will take place by September 2011.
Wing Village Library Wing Village Library serves a rural community. It is especially important for children and older people who cannot easily access the larger libraries in nearby towns. This is a community resource that could not be easily replicated by a mobile library.Buckinghamshire County Council plans to cut its funding by 50% and then reduce funding by a further £1,000 per year.
Winslow Library 14 libraries in Buckinghamshire including Winslow Library are set to be staffed by volunteers to stop them being closed as a result of the cuts.
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