Northumberland library strategy to be examined

A NEW vision drawn up by consultants for the future of libraries in Northumberland is to be carefully examined by county council watchdogs.

A NEW vision drawn up by consultants for the future of libraries in Northumberland is to be carefully examined by county council watchdogs.

Shared Intelligence carried out a wide-ranging review of the library service in a bid to give it a more sustainable future in the face of massive budget cuts.

Their report includes a seven-point action plan, including the creation of three flagship ‘community hubs’ which would combine library provision with customer services, tourist information and culture.

Shared Intelligence says the council will have to make a decision on whether some existing libraries are no longer sustainable.

Chairman, Coun Glen Sanderson, said: “We want to have a special meeting about the libraries report because we have some concerns.

“It doesn’t actually propose any closures but there will be some places that can’t survive by relying on voluntary help.

“That will require support from the county council and we want to know whether that will be forthcoming.”

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