Staffs library cuts set to include mobile service

Staffs library cuts set to include mobile service

Staffordshire County Council is considering cutting its entire mobile library service, on top of plans to stop running 24 static libraries.

The authority was criticised by authors including Jacqueline Wilson when it announced plans last year to hand over 24 of its 43 libraries to volunteer groups, with the threat of closure if groups could not be found to take them on.

Passing over the 24 libraries was estimated to save the council £1.3m. A consultation into the cuts was carried out, with the council due to review and decide on the findings in February. More than 8,000 people in the county signed a petition against the closures, according to the Stoke Sentinel.

Now, the council is looking into cutting its six mobile libraries and two larger travelling libraries, which make 800 regular stops between them. The council claims that losing the service would save £500,000, but said it would only assess the situation following a decision on the central library service, and a consultation into the impact of the closure of the mobile libraries.