Britain has closed almost 800 libraries since 2010, figures show
WHERE I STAND ON LIBRARIES
Maybe some will say that society can do without libraries. Some will say that even though we are one of the wealthier countries, we can no longer afford it. Education and keeping people well informed only stirs up trouble. They argue, everything you can do in a library is more easily done on a computer (just so long as you can afford one, with a broadband connection).
I am of the view that libraries still matter. They are part of the fabric of what makes a community. They provide a service for everyone, regardless of their means / access to technology. They are a great way of getting children into regular reading habits.
They really aren't that costly to keep going. Some of them are run by volunteers and only need about £11k subsidy for a whole year. It's just a few pence per week per council taxpayer. This time it's Lyndhurst under threat. Next time, it could be Totton.
Conservative cuts or public services? You decide…
Annual survey shows sharp cuts to local authority funding have led to the loss of 17% of branches, alongside sharp staff and funding shortfalls
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