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Monday, October 08, 2012

Sefton council set to axe between seven and 10 libraries (UK)

Sefton Council is considering closing ten of its 13 libraries as it looks to save money on its annual budgets. According to local newspaper reports, Sefton Council in Merseyside will discuss the option at a meeting of the council's cabinet on Thursday night, and decide whether the move would allow the council to continue providing the "comprehensive and efficient" library service it is legally bound to. As the council battles with a £43m deficit, council chiefs will consider keeping three libraries in Southport, Maghull and Netherton, closing facilities in Aintree, Bootle, Crosby, Formby and other towns, saving up to £800,000. Another option, preferred by councillors, will see them close seven libraries, leaving six open and saving the council around £450,000

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