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Sheffield libraries saved from closure

Campaigners and protesters against proposed library closures gather outside Sheffield Town Hall

Campaigners and protesters against proposed library closures gather outside Sheffield Town Hall

Fifteen Sheffield libraries have been saved from the threat of closure.

They will be taken over by community groups - with some council help - from the end of September.

Protests were held across the city when the council said it needed to save £1.67m from the libraries budget because of Government spending cuts.

Now business plans have been approved for 15 branches that will see them run by volunteers.

Up to 15 hours a week of council support will be given to Broomhill, Park, Southey, Woodhouse and, subject to an approved business plan, Burngreave.

Financial help will be given for up to three years to Ecclesfield, Frecheville, Gleadless, Greenhill, Jordanthorpe, Newfield Green, Stannington, Totley, Upperthorpe and Walkley in a different type of deal. Talks are being held with two groups who have submitted acceptable business plans for Walkley.

The Central Library and 11 ‘hub’ libraries will continue to be run by the council.

Cabinet member Coun Mazher Iqbal said: “I’m delighted to announce today that all of our libraries are on track to remain open and would like to thank the groups for their fantastic efforts.

“The business plans put forward set out a viable future for the libraries and we will support them by funding building running costs, providing access to the council’s library catalogue and computer service, helping train volunteers and providing ongoing advice and support.

“As I have said many times, we want to keep as many libraries open as possible.”

 

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