Libraries set to close on Sundays

By Gurdip Thandi | Walsall | News | Published:

Community libraries in Walsall are set to be closed on Sundays after take-up fell short of what was hoped for.

Darlaston Library, which is set to close on a Sunday. PIC: Google Street View

Walsall Council’s cabinet is expected to approve plans to stop opening the libraries in Aldridge, Bloxwich, Brownhills, Darlaston, Willenhall and Streetly and make budget savings of around £40,000 per year.

A report to members, ahead of next Wednesday’s meeting, said the number of library users in the six facilities had been lower than anticipated.

There will be no redundancies as a result, with staff being utilised during the rest of the week while Walsall’s new multi-million pound Central Library in Lichfield Street in the town centre will continue to operate seven days a week.

Back in 2017, the council axed nine of its 16 libraries which resulted in the running costs of the service being slashed from £4.3 million to £2.5 million.

In February this year, the council’s cabinet agreed to find savings of £107,000 from the service budget for 2019/20.

Other measures that have been implemented include reducing book purchasing, subscriptions and the ICT budget.

Gurdip Thandi

By Gurdip Thandi

Local Democracy Reporter covering Walsall.


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