Libraries News Round-up: 1 February

THE GUARDIAN : 1st February
Libraries minister promises to act if councils cannot justify cuts
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/feb/01/libraries-minister-promises-to-act-if-councils-cannot-justify-cuts

THE BOOKSELLER : 1st February
Riddell calls for probe into school library provsion
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/wilson-urges-councils-think-strategically-about-library-offering-479876

Newbury Today : 1st February
Confusion over parish funding for West Berkshire libraries
Legal restrictions may prevent many councils from contributing
http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/20505/confusion-over-parish-funding-for-west-berkshire-libraries.html

Huddersfield Examiner : 1st February
Spare libraries from latest Kirklees cuts plea
http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/spare-libraries-latest-kirklees-cuts-12536293

Plymouth Herald : 1st February
£1.3m plan to knock down library and build an even bigger one
A popular city library could be rebuilt, sold to a developer and leased back to the council …
http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/1-3million-reconstruction-plan-for-busy-plymouth-library/story-30103490-detail/story.html

Great Barr Observer : 1st February
Walsall | Pheasey Library axing punishes children & families in Great Barr, says livid councillor
http://www.greatbarrobserver.co.uk/pheasey-library-axing-punishes-children-and-families-in-great-barr-says-livid-councillor/story-30103261-detail/story.html

Hunts Post : 1st February
Cambridgeshire Council insists there are no plans to close libraries despite rise in use of online services
http://www.huntspost.co.uk/news/council_insists_there_are_no_plans_to_close_libraries_despite_rise_in_use_of_online_services_1_4871476

Swindon Advertiser : 31st January
Letter | ‘Libraries are essential’ — S. Burnham
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http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/yoursay/15059161.Letters__January_31__2017/

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