Two Rotherham libraries facing axe

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PROPOSALS have been drawn up to close two under-used Rotherham libraries - while five others face significant reductions to their opening hours.

Consultations on a package of changes to the service, aimed at saving around £500,000 a year, are to take place over the next 11 weeks, ending on August 31.

The libraries under threat are at Kimberworth and Kimberworth Park, which council officers say are the least used in the town with just over 600 borrowers at each.

Opening times could be cut by up to eight hours a week at Greasbrough, Kiveton Park, Maltby, Swinton and Wickersley.

Minor cuts are planned at Brinsworth, Dinnington and Thurcroft libraries - while opening hours will be extended at Riverside House in the town centre, Aston, Mowbray Gardens, Wath and Rawmarsh.

A council report also recommends that additional mobile library services are provided as part of the shake-up.

Sandra Porter, treasurer of the Kimberworth tenants’ and residents’ association, said it would be a shame if her local library closed.

“A lot of people use it for the computers now and all different things,” she said.

“Kids need to read. What do they expect kids to do? There’s going to be nothing left for them to do. They need books.”

The changes have been planned following a review of the entire service.

The council says it will continue its commitment to providing a library within two miles of every resident, with a range of opening hours to suit local need.