"It is high time the council called time on this farce of a service"

This letter sent to the Star was written by Harriett Ferguson, Sheffield, S3

Thursday, 16th January 2020, 10:40 am
Updated Tuesday, 28th January 2020, 6:39 am
Sorby House on Spital Hill, which houses the community's volunteer run library.

More shenanigans at Sheffield volunteer libraries which are showing up the effect that amateurism and fragmentation are having on a once-great service.

Burngreave library managed by SOAR was unable to open due to a “staff shortage” on January 3.

None of the Burngreave councillors or SOAR could even be bothered to put this information on their Twitter feeds.

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Damage limitation, maybe?

The Frecheville volunteer library website is just showing a blank screen, this having been the case for a while.

In addition, the hundreds of books which have been donated to volunteer libraries have gone to waste because they are only available to support the library they are donated to.

These books could have been added to the Sheffield Libraries catalogue to make them available for all library users or offered for sale to raise funds to buy new books for the same system.

It is high time the council called time on this farce of a service and took back all libraries under council control.