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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Inquiry into library closures

British MPs have begun hearing evidence at a Select Committee inquiry on library closures.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has been requesting views on the service since November.

Witnesses giving evidence on Tuesday said closures would have a negative impact on local communities.

"We're not saying library services should be immune but local needs haven't been taken into account," said campaigner Abigail Barker.

Ms Barker, who represents Voices For The Library, said libraries were not just about lending books.

She argued they were a place where local communities could get together for a number of reasons, including craft and homework groups and a meeting place for over-65s.

Residents and users had not been consulted about cuts, she told MPs.

From the BBC


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