Hereford & Worcester

Herefordshire's mobile libraries to be scrapped

Herefordshire Council has confirmed it plans to scrap its mobile libraries as part of budget cuts.

The council said the libraries will be replaced with an increased home delivery service.

They also want local people to consider opening community-based libraries in shops or village halls.

Councillor Roger Phillips said: "We need to have a library service that is both viable and sustainable in the long term."

"I believe this twin approach will help to achieve this," Mr Phillips said.

If the plans are approved, existing mobile library users will be assessed on the basis of health and mobility to see if they qualify for home deliveries.

These offer people a selection of 12 books on a monthly basis.

The council said it was "fully committed" to keeping its permanent libraries open.

The decision will be made at the next council meeting on June 30.

The Conservative-run authority is trying to save £10m from its 2011/12 budget.

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