Cutbacks are on the cards for Leeds libraries

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Cash-strapped council bosses have drawn up proposals to slash the opening hours of libraries in Leeds.

The plans could mean a reduction of about 15 per cent in the overall time that more than 30 libraries across the city are open each week.

But the impact of the proposed cutbacks is also likely to vary wildly from site to site.

Gildersome, Whinmoor and Scholes libraries could have their opening hours cut by more than 40 per cent.

Rothwell’s hours could drop by 28 per cent while Seacroft’s could fall by 22 per cent.

Other sites, such as Holt Park, Yeadon, Guiseley, Chapel Allerton and Leeds Central, could escape with reductions of less than 10 per cent.

Leeds City Council has launched a consultation process to get the public’s views on its plans.

And Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves wants residents in her constituency to stand up and be counted in support of its two libraries, Bramley and Armley.

Bramley’s hours could be cut by 18 per cent while Armley’s could come down by 15 per cent. The Bramley site might also close on Thursdays.

Ms Reeves said: “I find it deeply unfair that opening hours at Armley and Bramley should be cut, when we already have fewer libraries in this area than other parts of Leeds.”

A spokesman for the council said the consultation had been launched on the back of work exploring how individual libraries can each provide the most efficient service.

He added: “We would urge anyone who uses our libraries to please make their comments heard through our public consultation, which they can be assured will be fully taken into account before any final decisions are made.”

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