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.

Portsmouth News : 25th March
Author: Why libraries are vital for communities
We need public libraries and we need librarians.
http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/author-why-libraries-are-vital-for-communities-1-4931986

My Record Journal : 24th March
Libraries pay a premium for e-books, if they can get them
http://www.myrecordjournal.com/local/article_fd959726-94fe-11e2-9fae-001a4bcf887a.html

Bournemouth Echo : 25th March
Libraries will NOT be axed – but they do have to make £1.7m by 2020
A renewed pledge has been made that no Bournemouth libraries will face the axe – but they will have to make cuts and generate income worth of £1.7million.  Following a wide-ranging review of the town’s library service, councillors are pledging no closures, no reduction in hours and no adverse impact on the home library service.
http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/10311334.Libraries_will_NOT_be_axed_____but_they_do_have_to_make___1_7m_by_2020/

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THE BOOKSELLER : 22nd March
Bookshop browsing vital for publishing, research finds
http://thebookseller.com/news/bookshop-browsing-vital-publishing-research-finds.html

Peterborough Today : 25th March
Cabinet meeting: City Council agree library cuts
At the Town Hall meeting of the council’s cabinet this morning, a raft of measures were introduced to save £200,000 from the library service, including cutting hours, a reduction in £18,000 from the management budget and a reduction of £50,000 from the book budget.
http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/lifestyle/the-guide/cabinet-meeting-city-council-agree-library-cuts-1-4932448

Barnet & Whetstone Press : 25th March
New library plan for Finchley
If planning permission is granted, the firm has agreed to create an 800m² library over two floors and lease it to the council. A council spokeswoman said Church End Library would remain open until the new building opened, which could be as soon as 2015, before being sold off.
http://www.barnet-today.co.uk/news.cfm?id=9879&headline=New%20library%20plan%20for%20Finchley

South Wales Argus : 25th March
Letter | Halt closure of library
http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/letters/10312137.Halt_closure_of_library/

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