Hull's library service public consultation starts

A public consultation has started on the future of libraries across Hull.

Hull City Council said it wanted to hear people's views on how they use the service as well as access to the libraries and opening hours.

Councillor Terry Geraghty said the feedback would "help us design an up-to-date and quality library service".

In February, the Labour-run council announced reduced opening times and axing the mobile library service, to help save £48m over the next two years.

It said a 25% cut in central government funding meant spending on libraries needed to be reduced by £415,000, by next March.

The mobile library service is due to be "decommissioned" on 30 August.

Liberal Democrat councillor Adam Williams said: "Last year they threatened to close Anlaby Park Library, u-turning when they realised the level of public outrage.

"Earlier this year, they said they would not close any fixed libraries in the city, but then last month announced they were considering closing Holderness Road Library. Now they are saying they want to reduce the hours of libraries across the city.

"In my view, reducing the hours that libraries are open is just a precursor to closing them."

City residents have until 30 September to take part in the survey. People are able to make their comments via an online questionnaire and at their local library.

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