Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Libraries already going without details of the cuts

Although there were some large numbers thrown around by the Chancellor George Osborne in the Comprehensive Spending Review today but not that much detail.

With libraries around me already at risk of closure, thinking specifically of the one in Blackheath and New Cross Gate, it raises the question of what will happen when the details of the cuts finally come out.

Libraries seem to be in the firing line. Seen as places that are underused and as a result prime places to wield the axe what worries me is the impact on the future. Books might be seen as reasonably priced but for those that are unable to buy them or grow up in a world devoid of books the exposure and access to a library was crucial.

Take that away and I really worry about the long term impact on some people.

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