I love my Herts library

October 13, 2010 2:10 PM

I love my Herts libraryThis week Hertfordshire Liberal Democrats launched the 'I love my Herts library' campaign to try to save our library services. The Tory-run County Council have decided to make deep cuts in library opening hours and the mobile library service, in anticipation of the government spending review.

Library services are not just about books. Many users, both young and old, use the library as a safe place to go to. Libraries are even more important at a time where we have high unemployment, since they allow users access to resources to enable them to apply for jobs and keep

their minds active. Parents who can no longer afford the study materials for their children are sending their children to the library.

Chris White, Liberal Democrat Opposition Leader said: 'Libraries are vital parts of our communities. They are not just places where people can borrow books. They are safe places to meet - and important places in which to study, for both young and old.

'Had the Tories had heeded our advice the county council would have been able to make massive savings on overheads and waste in previous years. Even now, this has to be the one service which is not slashed.'

One young person said to us when told of the cuts: 'The library is really important to me. I can do work away from my noisy sisters and my mum's constant work calls, I also escape helping out sometimes. I use the library for college and school work, and the use of computers there is great too. I will miss being able to go so often.'

Libraries hours will be slashed by 1575 hours - nearly a third - and nearly half the mobile libraries are being scrapped. The equivalents of 120 full time staff will be made redundant, many of them front line staff.

Broxbourne is losing 66.5 hours meaning 3 new all day closures across 4 libraries

Dacorum is losing 79 hours meaning 5 new all day closures across 7 libraries

East Herts is losing 64 hours meaning 2 new all day closures across 5 libraries

Hertsmere is losing 88 hours meaning 4 new all day closures across 4 libraries

North Hertfordshire is losing 90 hours meaning 5 new all day closures across 5 libraries

St Albans is losing 65 hours meaning 5 new all day closures across 6 libraries

Stevenage is losing 18 hours meaning 1 new all day closure across 2 libraries

Three Rivers is losing 76 hours meaning 4 new all day closures across 5 libraries

Watford is losing 32 hours meaning 1 new all day closure across 2 libraries

Welwyn Hatfield is losing 80 hours meaning 4 new all day closures across 6 libraries

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Facebook Campaign http://www.facebook.com/pages/I-love-my-Herts-Library/154121131293259

Council paperwork http://www.hertsdirect.org/yrccouncil/civic_calendar/csccp/16378430/

Petition against cuts www.sixtofix.co.uk left hand menu

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