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.

Southport Visitor : 21st February
Sefton GP claims closing library would be physical and psychological disaster for Birkdale 
She said: “It is my professional opinion as a General Practitioner, that the closure of Birkdale library will have a far reaching detrimental impact on the most vulnerable members of our community which include the elderly and those with disabilities.”

St Helens Star : 21st February
Library hours could be reduced as St Helens faces up to £50m budget cut

Kidderminster Shuttle : 21st February
Library | Kemp event signals sad end to top-floor gallery

Times Series : 21st February
Barnet’s libraries to receive £250,000 technology update
More than £250,000 will be spent on installing self service kiosks and Wi-Fi in Barnet’s libraries.

BBC News : 21st February
Library of Birmingham gets Wolfson Foundation donation

Manchester Evening News : 21st February
Manchester Central library receives £500k funding boost towards renovation 



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