Campaigners protest against library closures

An 11-year-old has joined the latest protest against library closures in Sheffield as town halls across our region are under increasing pressure to cut budgets. The schoolgirl marched through the streets with her teachers and classmates.

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Half of Sheffield libraries could close

More than half of Sheffield's libraries could shut within two years unless community groups step in to save them.

It came amid claims that some community groups, who're willing to take over threatened libraries for free, could be asked to pay a market rent to run them.

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, said ''no decisions" had been made and the council wanted to hear the view of the community.

The council has said it needs to slash £1.6m from its library services budget by 2016.

A three month consultation period will begin in October.

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