THE INDEPENDENT : 25th February
Losing Britain’s libraries: The places where we discover books are imperiled like never before

In Loughborough : 25th February
Leicestershire | Future of libraries to be considered
The county council proposes to encourage community groups to run its 36 smaller libraries, with support from the council. It also proposes to reduce opening hours of the remaining 16 major and shopping centre libraries by 20 per cent.

Leicester Mercury : 25th February
Petition launched over libraries cost-cutting plans

Alan Gibbons Blog : 24th February
Anatomy of a non-crisis
At the time Mr Vaizey had an absolute hissy fit. Hypocrisy is not a word to be bandied about, but it is one that is hard to avoid.  It is to be hoped that the government-commissioned Sieghart Review will not prove as toothless and ineffective as so many that have gone before it.

BBC News : 25th February
Wales | Council cuts hit older people hardest, commissioner says
“These services (inc libraries) are not luxuries – they are essential to the maintenance of older people’s health, independence and wellbeing.”

Spalding Guardian : 25th February
‘Stop unlawful library changes’
A spokesman for the Culture Department said: “The government believes that the operation of the public library service is best managed by local authorities who are best placed to determine what is best in their area, on the basis of local need.”

St Helens Star : 25th February
Libraries secure £150,000 for arts projects

The Star : 25th February
Letter | I won’t vote Labour after libraries decision
Already the vandalism of this excellent building has started. Some of the windows have had eggs thrown at them by the local yobs. Within no time at all, this once-splendid building will be seen in a sorry, sad state.

shelves of library

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