Libraries News Round-up: 6 February 2016

THE GUARDIAN : 6th February
For many library visitors, I’m the only person they’ve talked to all day
http://www.theguardian.com/public-leaders-network/2016/feb/06/library-visitors-austerity-job-applications-loneliness

SKY NEWS : 6th February
Library Closures Top 400 In Five Years 
Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey MP,  quoted
http://news.sky.com/story/1637003/library-closures-top-400-in-five-years

Conservative Home : 6th February
Ed Vaizey:  Labour’s cynical game. First they close libraries. Then they blame others
http://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2016/02/ed-vaizey-labours-cynical-game-first-they-close-libraries-then-they-blame-others.html

BBC News : 6th February
‘Leak’ reveals West Berkshire library closures plan
an “unbelievable loss”
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-35512042

Daventry Express : 6th February
Union could launch legal bid to block Northamptonshire County Council’s outsourcing plans
http://www.daventryexpress.co.uk/news/local/union-could-launch-legal-bid-to-block-northamptonshire-county-council-s-outsourcing-plans-1-7200825

Daily Echo : 6th February
Preferred options for groups to take on all five libraries in Southampton that could close 
http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/14257596.Hopes_closure_threatened_city_libraries_will_remain_open/

Bedfordshire News : 6th February
Is this the final chapter for libraries in Bedford Borough?
http://www.bedfordshire-news.co.uk/8203-final-chapter-libraries-Bedford-Borough/story-28678447-detail/story.html

Lancashire Evening Post : 6th February
New battles launched in bid to protect libraries
http://www.lep.co.uk/news/local/new-battles-launched-in-bid-to-protect-libraries-1-7718422

BBC News : 6th February 
Flintshire | Library opens in Deeside Leisure Centre but others shut 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-35502516

Lancashire Telegraph : 3rd February
Thousands oppose plans to axe libraries in Lancashire
http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/14250655.Thousands_oppose_plans_to_axe_libraries_in_Lancashire/

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