UK library news

Libraries in the news | 10 August 2017


Claims of another sham consultation,

Open+ being installed to give access outside of staffed library hours in Bedfordshire,

Successes in Suffolk and Wigan extend library opening hours.

And, North Somerset co-locate children’s centres and libraries


Express & Star: 10 August
Buying Saddlers Centre could have ‘saved Walsall libraries’
Libraries could have been saved if a £12.5 million shopping centre had been bought under the previous conservative administration, the authority’s Labour Leader has claimed.


Prestwick & Whitefield Guide: 10 August
Bury | Reader’s letter: Whitefield Library provides far more than just books
Claims that library consultation was a sham


Weston & Somerset Mercury: 10 August
North Somerset | Worle library set to re-open after merger with children’s centre
Libraries and children’s centres across the district have merged as North Somerset Council seeks to save cash


North Somerset Times: 10 August
Protest is sparked as Somerset Council hints at library changes
The authority is looking at transferring the running of the services to community groups as it aims to save £12million in next year’s budget. It follows an attempt by the council to withdraw funding from 11 libraries in 2011 – a proposal which was scrapped after a judicial review.
[Post no longer available online.]


Newshopper: 10 August
Bexley | Shortlist announced for new library designers in Thamesmead


Bedfordshire News: 10 August
Opening hours cut at Kempston and Putnoe libraries
Hours cut after public and councillors object to Open+ in these libraries.  Open+ will be installed in Wootton, Bromham and Bedford Central libraries



Bolton News: 10 August
Wigan | Atherton, Tyldesley, Golborne and Hindley libraries to open an extra day a week


East Anglian Daily Times: 10 August
Suffolk | Framlingham Library is in a ‘whirl’ over its recent successes




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