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Camden libraries NW1

Location: UK » London » NW

Camden Council is planning to close its mobile library service and a number of library branches in order to save £1.6m a year by 2014.

The local libraries at risk of closure have not been named, although Belsize and Chalk Farm libraries are thought to be at risk. Residents will be consulted early in 2011 on the future of libraries with a view to identifying savings from direct service provision for implementation during the 2011/12 financial year.

The mobile library service will be shut. The service has 250 regular users, including a high proportion of children and elderly users. The council says they will be redirected to alternative provision.

Camden currently has a relatively high number of libraries per square mile, but 24 percent of the local population regularly use the service, while half the population use libraries less frequently.

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