AS communities across Yorkshire have already learned to their cost, there is no turning back when a library is closed and the network would be even more threadbare if it wasn’t for volunteers giving up time to keep branches open.
In fairness to the councils, the 20 per cent funding cut is in line with the rest of local government.
Perhaps the time has come when councils, and Government, need to be more hard-nosed.
What about opening shops inside the larger libraries, with profits going towards new books, or the powers-that-be exploring whether a chain like Waterstones would be prepared to sponsor branches for tax breaks?
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