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Powys libraries: Consultation on 'fundamental changes'

Residents in Powys have a week left to give their views on "fundamental changes" to library services in the county.

The council has warned funding cuts mean it cannot continue with the same levels of staffing, opening hours or number of buildings.

Three options for the future of the service will be decided upon and are out to public consultation.

In a worst case scenario, 11 of its 18 branch libraries could close.

Another option involves five branches closing.

But the option which the council cabinet is backing involves:

  • Reducing opening hours by 20%
  • Looking for libraries to share facilities with other community services were possible.
  • The mobile library service would be kept but the four vehicles would visit places every month rather than every two weeks.

Powys council has already cut back on library management last year saving £109,000.

But it estimates it faces a bill of £3.6m to keep library buildings up to standard by 2020.

"The library service has to change but before councillors in our cabinet make a decision, we want to give Powys people a chance to share their views and ideas," said a spokesman.

The deadline for responses is 19 September.

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