Library hours in Nottinghamshire halved by council

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Opening hours at some Nottinghamshire libraries will be halved next year because of council budget cuts.

However, the county council said it was spending an additional £70,000 to allow some of the libraries to remain open longer than originally proposed.

Some smaller libraries would only have opened for eight to 10 hours a week under the original plans.

After public consultation it has revised the plans so smaller libraries will open several hours longer.

Councillor John Cottee said: "We have 60 libraries in Nottinghamshire which is higher than the average - if you go to Derbyshire or Leicestershire they have 42 each.

"We are keeping all our libraries open and we are not closing any. In the good times - which I will come - I hope we can extend the library hours again," he said.

The county is also adding £400,000 back into the book budget which will mean a 50% cut rather than a proposed 75% cut.

The original budget proposal called for 28 libraries to have their opening hours reduced to between eight and 10 hours a week from April.

The council is reducing its budget by £150m over three years with up to 3,000 posts at risk.

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