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Campaigners devastated at loss of Swindon libraries

Campaigners are disappointed with the decision Credit: ITV News

Ten of Swindon's libraries will no longer receive council funding from next August due to council cuts.

The decision was made at a Cabinet meeting last night.

Services will be cut from 15 to five.

The council says £48 million worth of savings are needed by 2020 due to the rising cost of care. Campaigner's say the human cost will be great as libraries are treasured public spaces.

Campaigners from Save Swindon's Libraries staged a sit-in on Saturday in protest at the plans

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Future of library services under spotlight

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.

It's recommended closing some libraries in Dorset because of declining subscribers Credit: ITV Meridian

"The responses to the survey have helped inform the recommendations for cabinet. Although some schools have indicated they would like to subscribe the number of participating schools continues to decline and as a result of which the service is no longer viable or sustainable.

"If the recommendations are agreed then the service will close in July with a plan in place to distribute the resources accordingly."

– Cllr Colin Jamieson, county council Cabinet member for economy and growth

Campaigners protest library closures

Campaigners are fighting library cuts Credit: ITV

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 tragedy is that these closures are completely unnecessary. Hampshire is the third richest county in the UK, with reserves approaching £400 million. Even with drastic cuts in funding from central government, the County Council should be perfectly able to maintain local services properly, should it choose to do so."

– Sean Cannon, Spokesperson, Members of the People's Assembly Against Austerity

Organisations to take over running of Southampton libraries

New community groups will help to run libraries Credit: ITV

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.

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