Kent set for library shake-up

Kent set for library shake-up

Kent county council has warned that wide-ranging changes are in store for its library service as it looks to save £2m from the libraries budget by 2014, on top of the £2.3m in efficiency savings already made.

According to a local press report, the council is refusing to rule out the possibility that closures could be on the cards. Volunteer-run libraries and the co-location of libraries with other agencies such as parish councils are also options being explored for the county's library service.

While details of the shake-up are as yet unclear, cabinet member with responsibility for libraries Mike Hill said the council's proposal "balances the need to modernise services, work with communities to find innovative and efficient ways to maintain a local library service and meet our statutory responsibilities while delivering further revenue savings."

The public will be given the opportunity to comment on future library provision, the council said.