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Wiltshire libraries SN

Location: UK » South West » SN
Sector: Libraries

Ten villages have been told their libraries will close unless unpaid volunteers staff them, while others face reduced hours.

Ten of the 31 council operated libraries in the county will be closed unless volunteers agree to keep them open. They include libraries at Aldbourne, Box, Lyneham, Market Lavington, Purton and Ramsbury as well as others in the south of the county.

Of the remaining libraries, Cricklade and Pewsey will be cut from 20 and 24 hours to 14 hours per week, while Corsham, Malmesbury and Marlborough will be cut from 39.5, 38.5 and 42.5 hours to 33 hours per week. Calne will will be cut from 46 to 40 hours, Devizes from 51 to 43 hours, and Chippenham from 55 to 49 hours a week.

Before Christmas 2010, 17.5 full time posts were made redundant from library services. More librarians will be made redundant as part of the community transfer, which council bosses hope will take place by September 2011.

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