Can we save Sheffield libraries?

Sophie Ball, aged four, of Beighton, a pupil at St John Fisher School, Hackenthorpe, is upset Woodhouse Library could close. 16/9/13
Sophie Ball, aged four, of Beighton, a pupil at St John Fisher School, Hackenthorpe, is upset Woodhouse Library could close. 16/9/13
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Fifteen Sheffield libraries are facing the axe unless communities step in to run services, The Star can reveal today.

Libraries in Broomhill, Burngreave, Ecclesfield, Frecheville, Gleadless, Greenhill, Jordanthorpe, Newfield Green, Park, Southey, Stannington, Totley, Upperthorpe, Walkley, Woodhouse and the city’s mobile library service are all facing closure.

The libraries under threat were announced by Sheffield Council and a public consultation on the plans begins next month.

The move would spell the loss of 75 full-time or equivalent jobs.

If proposals are given the green light the council will continue to run 11 libraries in Chapeltown, Crystal Peaks, Darnall, Ecclesall, Firth Park, Highfield, Hillsborough, Parson Cross, Stocksbridge, Woodseats and Manor along with the Central Library.

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