Just like the post office and the corner shop, the local library has always been a familiar fixture in our towns and villages.
But now libraries in the East Midlands are facing an uncertain future, as councils make drastic cuts to their community budgets.
In Leicestershire they are consulting to find out if library users would be willing to run the service themselves. Jane Hesketh reports.
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Head of Library Services for Leicestershire Council Council Nigel Thomas says, those volunteering to help run community libraries will get help to pay for buildings and IT systems.
The council are calling on community groups to run up to 36 libraries across the county, which would otherwise have to close as part of budget cuts.
A consultation has started on the future of libraries in Leicestershire with the council saying 36 will close if volunteers don't come forward.
The council wants to cut eight hundred thousand pounds from its five and a half million pound libraries budget. It will continue to run 16 of the most used libraries, but are asking people who use smaller ones, to see if they would be willing to run them voluntarily.
St Mary de Castro church in Leicester has closed its doors and the surrounding area is to be closed off to pedestrians today for up to six months over fears for the safety of the spire.
The spire on St Mary de Castro church in Leicester has been pronounced unsafe and at risk of collapse.
From today the pedestrian route through Castle View and the area around the church will be closed off to the public.
Scaffolding is going to be erected before the spire is dismantled and rebuilt. Work could take six months and the area will be closed off and church closed to visitors
It is believed that the Middle Ages poet Geoffrey Chaucer was married in the church in 1366.
The area around St Mary de Castro church in Leicester is to be cordoned off today to pedestrians for up to six months after safety inspections found the church spire to be "in a dangerous state and at risk of collapse".
The church has been running a "Save Our Spire" campaign for the last year.
The poet Geoffrey Chaucer, who wrote the Canterbury Tales, is thought to have been married here.
An estimated 30,000 people attended the Caribbean Carnival in Leicester yesterday and police say no arrests were made during the celebrations.
Leicester is currently bidding to become the UK's city of culture for 2017, and the city's annual Caribbean carnival is likely to give the judges something to think about.
Held today, the event is now a firmly established fixture for an estimated 20,000 spectators who join in the fun.