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.

Croydon Conservatives : 27th February
Libraries outsourcing: the facts
It does not, as some blog sites have suggested, mean that they are walking away from the deal. We understand that they do wish to re-submit their bid, with this minor amendment. What it does mean, though, is that the unsuccessful bidders have the right to resubmit their bids too.

Crosby Herald : 28th February
Threatened libraries in Crosby and Litherland to be given hope of reprieve 
A gun to their heads?
He said: “We will be saying use Option B [to close seven libraries and save £400k], that’s what we are putting through, but if they come up with a plan that has legs then fine.”

On The Wight : 25th February
Full council to debate budget proposals this week
It has been suggested that IOW is likely to have an Independent Council after 3rd May.  Does the statement, below, mean reinstatement of the closed libraries?
“This year we have once again developed a full budget proposal that includes nearly £11m of savings and enables massive reinvestment in front line services and the restoration of many of the public facilities lost over the last four years”


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