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Northamptonshire libraries advertising screens plans criticised

Northamptonshire County Council is to spend £165,000 on electronic screens advertising upcoming events in the county's libraries.

The council is appealing for bids from companies to supply and maintain the screens, which would be used to "keep readers informed" at 35 libraries.

Eight libraries were under threat of closure last year due to budget cuts.

Library user Maxine Aimes, from Wellingborough, told the BBC: "This is a total waste of money."

'Fit for the future'

She said: "Library users are capable of reading signs on the door and can check the internet.

"LSD screens are very cheap now and can be bought for next to nothing, so why they have authorised £165,000 to be spent on them?

"It wasn't long ago the libraries were facing closure - now it seems the money is being invested in the wrong area."

A spokesperson for the council defended the scheme, saying: "This is part of our work to make libraries fit for the future.

"It will be used to keep library visitors informed with what's happening at their local library and the wide range of services available, whether it's a job club, free internet access on a Friday or a Rhymetime session, for example.

"We want to encourage more people to make use of the services on offer, so that libraries can continue to thrive in the future."

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