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Rotherham Council to consult over library closures

Kimberworth library
Image caption Kimberworth library could close under Rotherham Council's proposals

Plans to close two libraries have been put forward by Rotherham Council.

Under the proposals Kimberworth and Kimberworth Park library could close as part of proposed changes aimed at saving about £500,000 a year.

Paul Woodcock, the council's director of planning, said a public consultation would run until 31 August.

Under the plans Brinsworth, Dinnington, Greasbrough, Kiveton Park, Maltby, Swinton and Thurcroft would see their opening hours reduced.

Sandra Porter, treasurer of the Kimberworth tenants and residents association said it would be a "shame" if her local library closed.

"A lot of people use it for the computers now and all different things," she said.

"Kids need to read. What do they expect kids to do? There's going to be nothing left for them to do. They need books."

The council said it would look to increase the opening hours of three other libraries and refocus the mobile library service.

Mr Woodcock said the council would not rule out using volunteers to run parts of the service.

A report will be submitted to the council's cabinet for consideration following the 11-week consultation.

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