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Staffordshire County Council looks at future of libraries

Staffordshire Place, Tipping Street Image copyright Staffordshire County Council
Image caption The council says the plans were "not simply" about saving money

A council has said it has "no plans" to close any libraries as it seeks to launch a consultation on the service.

Staffordshire County Council said the 12-week consultation would help "shape the future direction" of 43 libraries.

It said user numbers in the county were falling and it was looking to see if some buildings could be shared with health services or the police, while other libraries could be community-run.

In February, the council approved £19.3m of budget cuts.

However, it said the plans were "not simply about saving money".

'Need to change'

Mike Lawrence, the councillor who oversees the service, said he was proposing the consultation to the cabinet.

He said: "Libraries have already changed a great deal in the last decade, but user numbers are still falling.

"We need to change, radically, to reinvigorate our libraries so they are better used within their communities and to do this within the council's financial resources."

If approved, consultation would begin on 7 July.

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