Derbyshire faces cuts to library service

Derbyshire faces cuts to library service

Libraries in Derbyshire could see staffing reduced and opening hours slashed as the county council prepares for another round of "unrelenting" cuts.

Derbyshire County Council needs to make £157m of savings by 2018, including a new round of £70m worth of savings, which could see a further 2,000 council employees losing their jobs on top of 1,600 job cuts announced this year.

Council leader Anne Western said in a statement: "We need to be absolutely clear - we do not want to make these unrelenting cuts which will affect services local people rely on. The Government has left us no choice and we are having to think the unthinkable. Its budget reductions mean we have to cut our spending on local services by more than a third."

One of the suggested cuts is to reduce staffing and opening hours at libraries in the council, as well as allocating less money for book purchases. The change would save an estimated £250,000 in 2015/16 on the council's libraries and heritage expenditure. A further £400,000 would be slashed in 2017/18, along with a cut to the library stock budget of £362,000.

The library service in Derbyshire is currently involved with the pilot projects into library e-lending, as suggested by the Sieghart Review.