Let us hope the shake-up in Derby will new ensure libraries are used to their full potential

Delivered by Margot Parker, on 17 July 2017

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To The Editor,

I read with interest your article concerning the biggest ever shake-up of Derby's library services.

The plans will see the Central Library close and move from its present site - after 138 years - to the Council House.

Meanwhile, you report that ten of the city's smaller libraries will be turned over to community groups for them to run, as part of a £648,000 cost-cutting exercise that also includes significant job losses.

That leaves just five libraries being retained by Derby City Council.

There have been concerns express by city residents and that I understand. Libraries, like pubs, lime Post Offices, are important community hubs. We should be keeping them open if at all possible.

Let us hope the shake-up in Derby will new ensure libraries are used to their full potential.

Yours faithfully,

Margot Parker, MEP for Derby.

 

 

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