Library services could be cut to save £800,000

Plans to save £800,000 from Leicestershire's libraries by reducing opening hours will be considered by the county council next week.

Opening hours at Leicestershire libraries may be cut Credit: ITV Central News

Proposals to reduce opening hours at 16 major libraries by 20 per cent will be discussed by councillors next week, before a final decision is made in November.

The county council's cabinet will also consider public views on its proposals for community-managed libraries before making recommendations in November.

In February, the council agreed to consult on proposals to save £800,000 a year by reducing opening hours at major libraries and asking if the community would run smaller ones with council support.

The consultation showed how much people value their libraries. Clearly they don't want them to close and they're prepared to see some change, in order to secure their future.

– Richard Blunt, cabinet member for libraries