Residents campaigning to save their libraries have handed in petitions with more than 5,000 signatures – which is set to trigger a debate at next month’s full meeting of Sheffield Council.
The petitions were collected by people in the Totley and Greenhill areas who want their branches to stay open.
The council is consulting on plans which would leave just 11 of 27 community libraries open in their current form.
The authority is offering limited financial support to community groups wanting to volunteer to save the other 16 branches.
Coun Colin Ross, opposition Liberal Democrat member for Dore and Totley, said: “The fact these two petitions alone have gathered more than 5,000 signatures demonstrates the strength of feeling and the importance of local libraries.
“I know campaign groups are collecting petitions across the city, so I hope yet more names will be added before the meeting.
“People across the city have spoken out clearly that closing libraries is not the answer.”
The council said its consultation process about the future of libraries is ongoing until Friday, January 10.
* Visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/libraries for more information.