THE BOOKSELLER : 19th February
ACE to research libraries’ economic contribution

The Star : 19th February
Fate of Sheffield’s libraries sealed
Cabinet members gave plans to cut public funding and axe staff at 15 of its 28 libraries the go-ahead at Sheffield Town Hall today.  A final protest call for a re-think after months of heated debates and petitions proved fruitless as city leaders gave budget proposals the green light.

Sheffield Telegraph : 19th February
Last-ditch bid to save Sheffield libraries big day arrives
“There have been 24,000 signatures so far against the council’s library proposals.”

PRIVATE EYE Library News
Issue 1360 (p.28)  
The Arts Council has a tiny budget to support libraries – inherited from the old Museums, Libraries and archives Council – but is using it to back a new, er “library-hack-maker space” created by social enterprise Common Futures in Colchester.
Available today in newsagents

ITV News : 18th February
Culture Secretary urged to save Lincolnshire’s libraries

The Lincolnite : 18th February
Library cuts ‘unlawful’ says former Lincolnshire council director
Running a library service for residents is a statutory requirement on county councils, and Lincolnshire County Council have already noted that the community-run libraries will be “non-statutory”.

Minster FM : 19th February
North Yorkshire | North Yorkshire Council Passes £21 A Year Tax Rise
Libraries – More would be owned and run by volunteers, if that doesn’t happen some could close.

Wales Online : 19th February
National Poet of Wales joins battle to keep libraries open

EADT24 : 19th February
Suffolk | Stradbroke: Village’s quirky idea to incorporate post office inside library


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