Posted by: bluesyemre | August 13, 2015

Birmingham #libraries ‘stop buying books’


Libraries in Birmingham have stopped buying books in an attempt to help with “huge savings” by the city council. Some of the 38 local libraries are buying no books or newspapers at all. The £189m Library of Birmingham – which opened in 2013 – is continuing to buy special collection books such as large print, and some non-fiction titles. The city council, which needs to save nearly £113m this financial year, said it was “examining future operating models” for the service. A freeze on buying books is not a blanket policy, the authority said, and “it would examine requests for new purchases on a case-by-case basis”. But because of the savings the council has to make across all departments, there was now a “pause on the book fund”.


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