Libraries News Round-up: 3 March

Bucks Free Press: 2 March
Tourist centres in High Wycombe, Marlow and Princes Risborough to merge with library service in bid to save £200,000
Wycombe District Council will pay Bucks County Council Library Services to run the information service, which has centres in High Wycombe, Marlow and Princes Risborough, from April 1.
Scottish Borders | End of story for national newspapers at Hawick library
A spokesperson for Live Borders quoted:  “We felt that to stock a full range of national papers to avoid any political bias would be an unnecessary cost to the service.”
Cuts to Sunderland’s homeless services: a bitter taste of things to come
‘Like many other councils, Sunderland has proposed closing many libraries and suggesting communities run them instead. The richer the borough, the more likely it is people can afford to get involved in running a library for free, penalising poor areas by design. But community-run libraries are never as successful or inclusive as properly run libraries: librarians are professionals, who curate and perform outreach rather than simply shelf stack.’

Brentwood Library to stay at its current home amidst town hall move rumours

Wash Common library to close 
http://bbc.in/2lB4Liw

Forest of Dean Review : 3 March

Monmouthshire | Views sought
Warning of the many changes hidden within the gobbledegook – letter
£2bn sell-off of Haringey Council property ‘will force out families and destroy community’
The £2 billion proposal will shift huge swathes of public property including homes, schools, business premises and libraries into private hands. Critics also say the regeneration will drive up rents and destroy the community.
Basildon |  Wickford’s £1.5m revamp will include library at its core, say senior councillors
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