A digest of today’s news items, reproduced here, with kind permission from Shirley Burnham who collated it. For up to date libraries news follow @ShirleyBurnham on Twitter.
DAILY MAIL : 17th March
Delhiites prefer books to the internet but shun city’s ‘poor-quality’ libraries, survey finds
Inside Croydon : 18th March
Council accused of being “out of control” over libraries
Godfrey claims that nearly half of Croydon’s budget for running its libraries is being spent not on books, librarians or related activities, but on behind-the-scenes facilities at the council’s offices, computers, facilities management, call centres and legal services. Godfrey believes that the council is bleeding the libraries of cash, while propping up inefficient back-office operations across the Town Hall generally.
South Wales Argus : 18th March
Newport council confirm Stow Hill library closure
The move will also mean that St Julians and Pillgwenlly libraries will be unstaffed within community learning centres.
Guardian Series : 18th March
Community-run volunteer library set to open next month in Leytonstone
This Is Somerset : 18th March
Funding released for Somerset’s libraries
Funding worth £50,000 has been made available to help communities and voluntary organisations across Somerset deliver library services. The grant is part of the Community Enablement Fund – a scheme that has awarded over £300,000 in grants to local communities since its launch in 2012.