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.
Private Eye | Library News
Issue No. 1340 (page 36)
In one of the most drastic library service cutbacks threatened so far, rural Herefordshire may lose all bar one of its public libraries. At all good newsagents
Ledbury Reporter : 15th May
Libraries in the firing line of Herefordshire Council cuts
The very future for culture in the county is at stake tomorrow as Herefordshire Council’s cabinet decides whether or not to back savage cuts that leave libraries and museums out on a limb. But those at the sharp end are fighting back rallied by an unprecedented show of support. The speed at which opposition to the proposed cuts in funding for libraries and museums countywide caught the council out.
Manchester Evening News : 15th May
Twist in the tale as Manchester library protesters win reprieve
But to date, no firm replacement proposals have been drawn up – and councillors yesterday heard from furious library users who slammed both the idea and the council’s attitude towards residents. In turn, many Labour councillors also attacked their own party’s plan – dubbing a report drawn up by officers as ‘disappointing’ and ‘patronising’.
Brent & Kilburn Times : 15th May
Brent councillor who oversaw library closures fails to make selection shortlist
The Echo : 15th May
Petition to save Southend libraries
A steady stream of people stopped to hear about Southend Council’s proposals which could see some branch libraries closed unless community groups step in to run them.
Macclesfield Express : 15th May
Cheshire East | Campaigners celebrate as Hurdsfield library saved from axe
Hurdsfield Library has been saved from closure. The branch at Hurdsfield Green had been under threat as part of Cheshire East Council’s cost-cutting plans. But it was confirmed yesterday that community volunteers will instead run the service in the first such set-up of its kind in the borough. The library on the Weston has not been saved however and will shut this summer.