Cartoon by Theresa McCracken

Cartoon by Theresa McCracken


These are dramatic and revolutionary times for libraries.  Faced with the biggest cuts in library budgets in peacetime libraries, authorities are having to adapt to survive.  For a few councils, libraries are given a sufficiently high priority that they have not faced major reductions.  For a vast majority, library services are having to find different ways of limiting reduction in service in many imaginative ways.  Listed in this section are the many options that are being considered.  These include major changes like passing over libraries to volunteers, to the private sector or to one of the many different kinds of Trusts.  They also include things like increasing charges or co-locating libraries with other services.

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Volunteer-run libraries

Privatised libraries



Increasing income