Library proposals: have your say

Reading Borough Council has published a proposal to cut the cost of its library service as part of its greater budget cuts for the next year. Proposals are as follows:

  • All libraries, including Reading Central & Caversham Libraries – reduce opening times
  • Battle Library in West Reading – make it into a community hub
  • Southcote Library – relocate into an extended Southcote Community Centre turning it into a community hub
  • Whitley Library – move to South Reading Youth and Community Centre to create a community hub
  • Tilehurst Library – explore ways to make it a community hub
  • Palmer Park in East Reading – explore ways to either share the building or provide a smaller neighbourhood library service in another building in East Reading.

A series of drop-in sessions to discuss community hub plans relating to Battle, Southcote and Whitley Libraries have also been arranged for local communities as follows:

  • Tuesday 29 March, 4pm-7pm: South Reading Youth and Community Centre
  • Tuesday 5 April, 4pm-7pm: Battle Library

The proposals are expected to save around half of the required £600,000 cuts in funding for the library service in Reading.  Details and the online consultation form at www.reading.gov.uk/libraryreview

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