Nottingham news: Four libraries at risk of closure as council scrimps to save £1.5m

Bilborough Library is one of the four Nottingham libraries earmarked for closure Bilborough Library is one of the four Nottingham libraries earmarked for closure
Bilborough Library is one of the four Nottingham libraries earmarked for closure | NCC
A 12-week consultation is now underway

Four libraries are at risk of closure as Nottingham City Council looks to save £1.5 million over the next two years. 

Libraries in Aspley, Basford, Bilborough, and Radford-Lenton are earmarked for closure, reducing the total number of city libraries from 15 to 11. 

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A 12-week consultation on the proposals will run until August 19. 

The plans also include reducing opening hours across the network, putting forward staff reductions and trimming the budget for books, IT and operating costs.

Colin Wilderspin, Interim Director of Communities, said: “Reshaping our library services and saving £1.5m is a daunting and challenging task, one that demands not just belt-tightening, but a reimagining of how library services are delivered to the residents of Nottingham.

“Regrettably this does mean the need to consider the closure of some libraries, which I know will be disappointing to users of the library services. 

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“We have a legal duty to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service for all those who live, work or study in the city. 

“We want to invite residents and partners to contribute to our consultation. If you believe you have an alternative plan for delivering efficient, comprehensive library services within our budget constraint, then we want to hear from you, we want your ideas and opinions.

“I would reiterate that NO decisions have been made, and your input from this consultation will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of Nottingham’s libraries.”

Members of the public can take part in the consultation here.

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