Decision expected over Sheffield library closures

A decision is expected today over the proposed closure of libraries in Sheffield. Protests have been taking place over planned changes to the service.

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Protest over changes to library services

A protest will go ahead outside a Sheffield library today over planned changes to the service.

Stannington Library could lose council support and be passed to the voluntary sector this summer.

This is a worrying time for everyone who values the work that libraries do in our society, and the value that they have for all of us. Saturday's action will be a small but very visible way of showing that people really care about this service and do not wish to lose it.

The library here in Stannington is not simply a nice leisure add-on for people with time on their hands. It is a vital learning facility for anyone, young or old, looking for a more fulfilled or productive life. And the value of the work professional librarians do to help people achieve their aims and needs within libraries can never be over-estimated. No volunteer-run facility could ever fully match this

We all want the council to think again about what is being proposed, and consider other, better ways of re-structuring the service.

– Bob Mynors, organiser

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