Seven Moray libraries to be closed down
Moray Council has voted to shut seven of its 15 libraries, to save more than £350,000.
The seven in question are Burghead, Cullen, Dufftown, Findochty, Hopeman, Portknockie and Rothes.
The decision came in the face of a recommendation from an equality impact assessment to retain the facilities at Burghead, Cullen and Dufftown.
This was to ensure access for the elderly, families with young children, and people with a disability.
The council acknowledged the strength of opposition to the closures, but said cuts had to be made.
In February, best-selling Scottish crime writer Tony Black had urged the authority to reconsider its library closure plans as he said it would "devastate" the local community.