Libraries in The Yorkshire Post

The front page of The Yorkshire Post today features an article about the worrying future of public libraries and fears of widespread closures. The Yorkshire Post say:

…there has already been a significant reduction in the number of libraries across Yorkshire over the past 10 years.

There are now 19 fewer libraries than there were in 2001/02 – a reduction of more than five per cent. Many councils have also slashed the numbers of librarians and other professionals working for them. In Barnsley, the number has been reduced from 80 to 51 full-time equivalents, and in Bradford from 184 to 132 – both reductions of around 30 per cent.

There is a fear that libraries are a “soft target” for council bosses, who don’t understand how important libraries are and how much they benefit communities and councils.

Doncaster isn’t in a unique situation, but is important that communities tell councils about the detrimental effect that branch closures would have on their lives. We can’t let Doncaster Council close library branches without conducting proper research about how badly affected communities would be, and how much they would benefit from improved services.

Public library sign

This entry was posted in In The Media and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s