Wiltshire

Wiltshire libraries saved by more than 300 volunteers

More than 300 volunteers in Wiltshire have come forward to ensure the county's rural and mobile libraries remain open.

Wiltshire Council said it was committed to keeping all 31 libraries and five mobile routes in use.

John Thomson, from the council, said: "I think we'll end up with better small libraries as I believe some volunteers hope to keep them open longer."

New opening hours will be introduced from 5 September.

Mr Thomson, deputy leader at the conservative-led council, added: "The Big Society was going on in Wiltshire when Osborne and Cameron were still at Eton.

"It was here long before they came along. I don't think volunteers are on the cheap, they're giving their time and experience to the libraries.

"People in Wiltshire do care about their libraries and are prepared to volunteer to help keep the 31 libraries across the county up and running."

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