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I am filled with rage at this libraries closure

Location: UK » South East » OX
Testimony relates to: Oxfordshire county libraries, OX
I am filled with rage at this libraries closure

I am filled with impotent rage at the proposals to close half of Oxfordshire Libraries. People all over Oxfordshire will be affected. Many of them live in rural isolated communities, where there is hidden deprivation amongst the splendid big houses and pretty villages. Many are elderly and not able to travel far as there is very patchy public transport.

A one-off pot is being made available to voluntarty community groups who may want to run the libraries being closed.

It is an absolute nonsense. Libraries are far more than the sum of their parts and are vital community resources in these areas. They provide advice, information, internet services, a community focus, services and venues for families and children. No thought has been given to alternatives of how libraries could transform themselves and strengthen their position as local ‘hubs’ - surely the so-called ‘Big Society’ should be looking at how exactly these sort of places can be revitalised and given a renewed purpose instead of destroying them. Once they go, the will never come back, as we learnt the first time round in the 80s.

Libraries are a fundamental cornerstone of a civilised society and a key vehicle for the democratisation of knowledge. It is unbelieveably regressive to start to close them at the first opportunity. These cuts will save a measly 2m over 4 years but will leave a huge hole in community provision across Oxfordshire.


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