Libraries face cuts

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LIBRARY opening hours could be cut as part of a council’s cost-cutting and modernising measures.

The news comes as Durham County Council, which provides library services in the east Durham area, also considers transferring some library services to be run by a not-for-profit charitable trust in a bid to safeguard services.

Under the plans to combat reductions in Government funding, all libraries would remain open, but opening hours could be cut to 36 a week at town centre libraries and a 20 a week at community libraries.

Mobile library services could also be axed if they are not used.

The council says it is responding to changing demand for library services, with visits dropping over the last three years and the number of active users falling by four per cent.

It also says it needs to make savings of at least £145.8m over the five years.

If given the go-ahead, the consultation would begin on Monday, February 6.