More library closures in the UK set for summer, after May elections

A second wave of library closures will be announced following the May local elections in the UK and through into the summer, claim library experts.

Just over 500 public libraries, including mobile library services, are currently threatened with closure according to the Public Libraries News website, with around a quarter of the UK's 209 library authorities yet to announce their plans.

Guy Daines, director of policy at the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (Cilip), said he thought it "likely" more closures would be announced following the May elections. "It's a small political ruse that you keep bad news up your sleeve and don't announce it until re-elected," he said. "In most cases it would not be for implementation this year, but one or two might do it immediately . . . A number of authorities have put library cuts on hold while they have reviews—but clearly there will have to be an outcome of those reviews, and those will come in the late summer or autumn."

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