Cash boost for Somerset Libraries

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By abbie_yeovil | Monday, December 10, 2012, 14:38

An extra £250,000 will be spent on new books for Somerset libraries, it has been announced.

Normally the Council spends around £200,000 on books over two years, however earlier this week the Council pledged an extra £250,000.

This news comes as part of a new strategy for Somerset libraries, developed by Somerset County Council, which aims to see a series of community hubs set up in place of libraries and hopes for a significant increase in funding.

Earlier this year the County Council was forced to back down from a library closure programme after a High Court Challenge.

Councillor David Hall, the man in charge of Somerset libraries, said: "I believe this strategy will both save money and create a library service fit for the future.

"I am grateful for the involvement of all those people who have taken the trouble to come forward and be part of this work.

"The library service is important and that is why I fully support the proposal to invest an extra £250,000 into the book fund to meet the public's demand for the latest books."

The new library strategy proposes the following:

  • Libraries should be provided according to need, demand and value for money.
  • Libraries should be developed into community hubs.
  • Libraries should be responsible to, and supported by, their local communities.

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