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.

Manchester Evening News : 9th March
The axe falls: Fury as town hall backs £80 million cuts 
The consultation period on the future of all libraries and pools facing closure will continue until April 17 – despite the budget being passed which contains no money to run them. That means outside sources of funding are the only option to save them.

Financial Times | Letter : 9th March
Be that as it may, I would like to suggest some alternatives for the talents of Lord Foster. Before doing anything more to the main library, why doesn’t he update the long-neglected, long-suffering branch libraries? Talk about places in need of atria!

Bolton News : 9th March
Wigan | Library opening hours to change
“We are proud that despite these huge cuts only one library closed as a result of these savings and that library is now open again and being run by Book-Cycle in Beech Hill.  When services are at risk we will continue to work with WLCT and community groups to make sure every opportunity is taken to retain quality services despite huge cuts to our local authority budget.”

Malvern Gazette : 9th March
(New) Mobile library hits the roads
The bus is the latest addition to Worcestershire County Council’s existing fleet of five vehicles. It will enable the council’s libraries and learning department to work with other organisations to allow customers only borrow books, but also access other services.

Don’t Pprivatise Libraries : 9th March
Is Smartsm really smart without Librarians? 
My concerns/questions about stock management in Public Libraries

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Library News Round-up: 8th December 2014

Public Libraries News : 7th DecemberEditorial | The perils of a discretionary service and localismDiscusses the latest CIPFA statisticshttp://www.publiclibrariesnews.com/2014/12/the-perils-of-a-discretionary-service-and-localism.htmlTHE BOOKSELLER : 8th DecemberCIPFA stats show drops in library numbers and usagehttp://www.thebookseller.com/news/cipfa-stats-show-drops-library-numbers-and-usageGet West…

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