Luton set for library closures

Luton set for library closures

Luton Borough Council is considering closing several libraries as it looks to make savings on its £2.7m library budget.

Five of the area's eight libraries, as well as its mobile service, are being considered for either closure, relocation or downsizing. At least two are expecting to be closed.

The council's executive committee will consider a survey on the library service, answered by nearly 2,500 people, at a meeting next week. 97% of the respondents said that had used a library in the past 12 months, while 85% said the closure of their local library would have a fairly or very big impact on them.

A spokesperson for Luton Culture, the charitable body which run's Luton's libraries on behalf of the council, told Luton Today: "We believe the loss of any library is detrimental, particularly at this current time of economic hardship for many.

"However, we feel that taking into account the significant reduction in funding, the option being recommended will provide the best possible library service for Luton residents."