Protests have taken place in Chelmsford today against plans for 25 libraries to be run by volunteers. In July last year the county council reversed its decision to close a third of its libraries following a wave of protests and petitions, instead saying they would work with communities to keep the service going.
But campaigners say the plans aren't sustainable and will eventually result in closure.
Last July Essex county council reversed its decision to close a third of its libraries...
Instead they said they would try to keep the service going through volunteer groups.
But the campaign group Save Our Libraries Essex says the plan won't work, and amounts to closure by stealth.
Almost 12-thousand people signed the original petition to save the libraries from closure, now a new petition has started to save the librarians.
Essex county council says library attendance has collapsed and the service is no longer viable in its current form.
It says it has listened to the public by deciding not to close the libraries, and is now working with communities on how it can make the service better.
According to the council, borrowing library books has gone down by almost a third, but many argue a library gives much more than access to books.
The council has announced that no libraries will be closed within the next five years, during which time campaigners say their voices will keep on being heard.