Campaigners have a date with councillor

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Community campaigners are to make the case for an under-threat Sheffield library to remain publicly funded.

Upperthorpe Library, in the Zest Centre, is one of 15 facing the axe under proposals from Sheffield Council.

The council says it cannot afford to continue to fund the library and has called for volunteers to take over to keep it open.

However, the Friends of Zest Group say the library, which has the longest opening hours of any in the city and shares a venue with a range of community and wellbeing services, needs council funding to survive.

Members will meet Coun Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member for communities, on Saturday to argue their case.

Anna Ravetz, of the Friends, said: “The Zest Centre has excellent disabled access making Upperthorpe Library one of the most accessible libraries for people with disabilities in the city.

“The library’s IT suite has the fifth-highest usage of all libraries in the city.

“This is because Zest staff keep the IT suite open when library staff are not on site.”

Consultation on the proposals ends in January.