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LIBRARY ASSOCIATION: SPECIALIST LIBRARY SERVICES 'AT RISK'

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Specialist book services for the old and partially sighted and children's education will suffer if local government...
Specialist book services for the old and partially sighted and children's education will suffer if local government is reorganised, the Library Association said yesterday, reported in The Times (p8), The Independent (p4) and The Daily Telegraph (p6).

Association officials warned that some of the bigger libraries would have to be dismantled if the reorganisation goes ahead and some specialist services such as music, drama and local history collections were threatened by being cut altogether, according to The Times.

Ross Shimmon, chief executive of the association, which represents the interests of nearly 5,000 libraries, said yesterday that library users 'will have to cope with closed libraries, reduced opening hours and a much poorer choice of stock'.

The ADC last night accused librarians of scaremongering.
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