The future of mobile libraries in Dorset will be decided this week. Following a public consultation, Dorset County Council will consider whether to scrap its library vans. It plans to save £1m in the county over the next three years.
The future of library services in Dorset will be considered today.
Declining numbers of people subscribing as well as operational pressures led to a review - it's been recommended they cease operating this summer.
Only a quarter of schools subscribe compared to sixty percent in 2011.
Campaigners fighting plans to close libraries across Hampshire held a protest this morning.
Members of the People's Assembly Against Austerity gathered outside Lyndhurst Library, one of the libraries which could be either closed, converted to 'self-service' use or handed over to volunteers in the council's bid to save money.
Campaigners say this means there would be no fully operational library between Totton and Lymington, or between Totton and New Milton.
The futures of five Southampton community libraries have been announced by Southampton City Council. The list of organisations set to take over the running of some of the city’s libraries is made up of a mix of long established organisations and newly-formed community groups, all dedicated to offering good local community involvement and support.
The following groups will soon take over the running of the following libraries:
The Burgess Road Library Action Group (in partnership with Christ Church Southampton, a locally based charity) will provide library services from Burgess Road Library.
Thornhill Community Library, a newly formed local charity group, will continue to provide library services from Thornhill Library.
The YMCA, a local community charity that has been serving the city since 1878, will provide a community library in the new unit when it is completed in Weston. In the meantime services will continue from the portable building.
SCA and Unexpected Places, two not for profit organisations in partnership with the Friends of Cobbett Road Library, are teaming up to continue to offer library facilities from Cobbett Road Library.
In Millbrook, the library resources will be moved into the Solent NHS Trust Pickles Coppice Children’s Centre where the Sure Start Service is based.
VIDEO: Libraries in Portsmouth could be about to find themselves under threat of new cuts as the council tries to claw back millions of pounds from its budget. The city is not alone - campaigners say dozens of libraries have closed across England in recent years
Libraries in Portsmouth could be about to find themselves under threat of new cuts as the council tries to claw back millions of pounds from its budget. The city is not alone - campaigners say dozens of libraries have closed across England in recent years.