In recent years libraries have been squeezed tightly.
Since the banking crisis of 2008, all levels of government have seen budgets cut. One of the first areas of constraint to be seen was that of libraries. It appeared that no politicians, no civil servants, whether nationally or locally, were prepared to argue for the defence of libraries.
Local libraries up and down the country have been closed. The mobile library service, which used to deliver books to small villages where residents were too old or frail to travel to their nearest town, was slashed. Purchasing budgets were cut to the bone, and staff made redundant. Some libraries were kept open, but with their hours of service reduced so far that it was next to impossible for people to visit, which soon justified closure; others were kept open, but with volunteer staff only.
Of course many see now reason to keep…
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