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Bury Council agrees revamp of libraries

A plan to reshape Bury's public library service by creating a series of community hubs has been backed by the Labour-led council's cabinet.

The proposal will now go to public consultation before returning to the cabinet in June.

The four hubs would aim to offer services including education, health and cultural activities as well as a place for community gatherings.

Residents have said they want libraries to link with community activities more.

Councillor Jane Lewis, cabinet member for leisure, tourism and culture, said: "It's essential that our library service modernises and develops innovative ways to maintain its relevance to individuals and communities.

"This includes embracing new technologies such as e-books and online information, the expansion of self-service technology, and co-location of buildings with a range of services that act as community hubs."

The proposal would see the relocation of Radcliffe Library to Radcliffe Civic Suite, Prestwich Library to the Longfield Suite, Unsworth Library to the nearby Sunnybank Community Centre, while part of Whitefield Library would be reassigned to Adult Care Learning Disability Day Services.

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