Coventry Liberal Democrats Back Save Coventry Libraries

July 20, 2016 12:30 PM
By Coventry Liberal Democrats
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Earlsdon Library

Coventry City Council has recently announced that five libraries (Caludon, Cheylesmore, Coundon, Earlsdon and Finham) within Coventry face closure if community support groups cannot be found to run them. Under the proposal, only Central, Bell Green, Foleshill, Stoke and Tile Hill libraries will remain under Council control in the city.

This is a significant removal of vital council services within Coventry and we think the library closures could be the beginning of the withdrawal of these services from local communities and the start of centralised services based within the city centre which will have a massive impact on the more deprived areas. Community facilities within those libraries will be lost, such as ICT provision which is essential for jobseekers and people using Coventry Homefinder when looking for new accommodation.

Libraries are an integral part of our education system and our culture and with Coventry bidding to be the City of Culture in 2021, it is unfair and deeply damaging that cuts are being taken in this area. The Council are sitting on large sums of reserves that could be used to fund these libraries in the interim whilst new funding can be secured and community groups (of which there are none in Coventry currently capable of running a library singlehanded) can be set up to assist in the running of these essential Council provisions in the long term.

We urge all of our members to join the Save Coventry Libraries campaign (you can find them on Facebook and Twitter) and sign their petition, which can be found on change.org here. We will also be campaigning outside against these closures outside Central Library on Saturday 6th August at 11.00 as well as organising other events at the potentially affected libraries where possible.