Libraries are important places for our communities, and far from just offering books, they are where a whole host of community services can be found. Northamptonshire County Council is looking to make savings in a number of areas, and cutting library services is one of those areas.
They are considering three options which will save a relatively small amount of money. The options include closing some libraries and/or moving them out of public ownership.
Any that get handed over to other bodies will cost more to run because they will lose the economies of scale brought by having them all run by the County Council. We are saying that there should also be a fourth option:
“Option 4″: keep ALL of Northamptonshire’s libraries open, in permanent public ownership and operated by professionally trained staff, for the benefit of all residents in the county that wish to make use of them thereof.”
Losing the libraries will save relatively little money, but the loss to our communities will be greater than what they cost to run. The county will be gravely poorer for losing any library, let alone as many as are under threat.