Library staff have been informed that Balby and Intake libraries are to close instead of Conisbrough and Cantley. Just as we feared, the reprieve was only temporary. This puts the total back up to 14 out of 26 libraries to close.
This goes to show how much of a shambles DMBC are making of these closures and cuts. They don’t know how much money they’ll save by closing the libraries, they don’t know if they’ll be left with a legally compliant service after they’ve made these hasty decisions, and they don’t know what they’ll provide instead of static branches. They have still not assessed the impact the proposals will have on communities, still not asked communities about it, and still not looked at other solutions, in the way that Hull, for example, has done.
Please join us at Central Library tomorrow, 1-3pm, to express to the council that we value our library service, our community branches and our library staff. The council is clearly incapable of making decisions on behalf of or in the interests of its citizens, and they’re not interested in looking for solutions before making such devastating decisions. As Philip Pullman put it so eloquently in his speech to defend Oxfordshire libraries last week – “Leave the libraries alone. You don’t understand their value.“