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.

THE INDEPENDENT : 5th April
Libraries to lend ebooks under new pilot scheme
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/libraries-to-lend-ebooks-under-new-pilot-scheme-8562702.html

This Is South Wales : 5th April
Swansea Library booked in for a £218k improvement
http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/Library-booked-pound-218k-improvement/story-18618313-detail/story.html#axzz2PeqpLq5s

London Evening Standard : 4th April
£200m bill for making council staff redundant 
http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/200m-bill-for-making-council-staff-redundant-8559847.html?origin=internalSearch

Royal Borough Observer : 6th April
Windsor | Sunday opening hours trial for Royal Borough libraries
The extended hours pilot began on Tuesday and provides an extra 26.5 opening hours a week – 12 of them on Sunday – at libraries across the Royal Borough thanks to volunteers supporting library staff.
http://www.windsorobserver.co.uk/news/roundup/articles/2013/04/06/88226-sunday-opening-hours-trial-for-royal-borough-libraries/

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Libraries News Round-up: 17 April

Lancashire Telegraph: 17 April Blackburn with Darwen Council | More volunteers running Darwen Library as part of council savings http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/15225770.More_volunteers_running_Darwen_Library_as_part_of_council_savings/ 2BR Radio: 17 April Lancashire | It isn't over yet…

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