Nottinghamshire County Council cuts library book budget

Hand reaching out for a book
Image caption People donated 80,000 books to Nottinghamshire's libraries in the past year.

Nottinghamshire County Council has cut its budget for new library books by 36% in two years, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

During 2009/10 the authority spent around £1.3m on books, but the budget for 2011/12 is just over £862,000.

It said the savings had helped prevent the closure of some of Nottinghamshire's 60 libraries.

The authority added that it planned to increase its book fund to £1m in the future.

Councillor John Cottee said: "It's part of the big strategy we had to keep all the libraries open.

"I always said that [the book budget cut] is a temporary measure and we'll look to put money back into that at every opportunity."

Mr Cottee revealed that since February the public has donated 80,000 books to Nottinghamshire's libraries.

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites