Shropshire Star

Shropshire library book fund hit by £100,000 cut

Libraries across Shropshire will have almost £100,000 less to spend on new books this year, new figures have revealed.

Spending cutbacks could hit libraries across the county such as Shrewsbury Library

Shropshire Council has announced plans to slash the Library Service's book fund from £395,000 last year to £304,000.

But council officials said the spending reduction should have no adverse affect on library users. The authority has also revealed it is planning a 'major review' of the county's libraries in the near future.

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Shropshire Council library chief Gwilym Butler said: "The Library Service has had to make savings of around £100,000 for 2012/13 and the book fund will now be £304,000.

"The service to the public has not been adversely affected as we have been able to buy books in different formats.

"We will shortly be undergoing a major review of the service as a whole."

The library service spent £341,000 during 2012/13 – £54,000 less than its £395,000 budget. The reduction on spending on books is part of a wider effort to reduce spending on libraries, which saw the council save £300,000 last year.

The council's revenue outturn report for 2012/13 showed a £297,930 reduction in library spending for 2012/13. The council spent £4.4 million from its overall library budget of £4.7 million.

The report said savings came through less being spent on books, as well as on IT and salary costs.

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