Call to save Sheffield libraries

The Save Totley Library campaign held a public event on Saturday. Every home in Totley, Bradway and Dore will be targeted by campaigners over the next 10 days as part of efforts to save Totley Library from closure.
The Save Totley Library campaign held a public event on Saturday. Every home in Totley, Bradway and Dore will be targeted by campaigners over the next 10 days as part of efforts to save Totley Library from closure.
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Campaigners are taking to the streets of an area of Sheffield to gather support to save its closure-threatened library.

Thousands of homes in Totley, Bradway and Dore will be visited by protesters over the next 10 days to get local residents to support the bid to save Totley Library.

The facility has been named on Sheffield Council’s hit-list in proposals to axe funding for 16 of its 27 neighbourhood libraries in future years.

Leaflets from Save Totley Library leaders will urge households to complete the council’s current consultation survey to force it to rethink plans, after a protest saw hundreds of library-users march to the Baslow Road venue.

Matt Kik, from the Save Totley Library campaign, said: “It’s clear that many people are still unaware of the council’s plans to close more than half the city libraries.

“So we will make sure that every one of the 7,000 homes in the area knows the extent of this cultural vandalism, and has the opportunity to make their voice heard through the council’s consultation.

“The closure plans are not just savage – they simply don’t stack up. Even by the council’s own estimation, it would cost just £140,000 per year to save all libraries from closure by turning them into community libraries, funded by the council but staffed by volunteers – a drop in the ocean for its £1 billion budget, and still saving them £1.46 million.”

The Totley protest is the latest in a string of demonstrations which has been organised after the announcement that Broomhill, Burngreave, Ecclesfield, Frecheville, Gleadless, Greenhill, Jordanthorpe, Newfield Green, Park, Southey, Stannington, Totley, Upperthorpe, Walkley, Woodhouse and the mobile library service all face the axe unless volunteers and groups run facilities.