Half of Sheffield's libraries face closure

Half of Sheffield's libraries face closure

 

Half of Sheffield’s public libraries are facing threat of closure this year as the council struggles with £50 million budget cuts.

Up to 14 of the city's 27 libraries are set to close unless the council finds help from community groups and social enterprises  in running them. The mobile library service in the city is also under threat.

Sheffield council's cabinet member for finance, Bryan Lodge, said that spending on libraries needs to be reduced from £6.4 million to £4.8 million "as soon as practically possible".

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member for communities told The Sheffield Star: "We will be publishing prospectuses on each community library later this month and inviting groups to make a bid. There will be an eight-week deadline for responses, which will then be assessed for viability."

If no groups come forward, the libraries face permanent closure.