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Salford Plans to Expand Libraries

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017

More libraries, doubled opening hours, new state of the art IT equipment and extra services could all be on the books for library users in Salford.

The city, which launched the UK’s first free public library in 1850 is planning to buck the national trend by expanding its service in the face of hundreds of national closures or volunteers being drafted in to run libraries.

A report will go to Salford City Council’s cabinet next week (Tuesday 26 September) for approval to invest £590,000 over the next four years across the service, including spending £100,000 on replacing all IT equipment and providing digital learning as requested by members of the public.

The funds will help to provide library services from seven new sites, including a watersports centre and local leisure and community centres.

The money from the council’s capital programme will help the council save £1.26 million over four years through better use of technology and by locating services alongside partner organisations. 


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