Library Cutbacks

Libraries across the Capital face major cuts in opening hours unless the city council performs a last-minute U-turn on its budget proposals. Under the cost-cutting plans, all Edinburgh’s public libraries would be closed on Monday and Wednesday mornings and on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings, and only open on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. The mobile library service also faces cutbacks when the changes come into effect in April. But council chiefs said unlike some local authorities, they had avoided closing any library completely.