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MILLIONS NEEDED FOR LIBRARY REPAIRS

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Libraries urgently need more than£6 million to be spent on building repairs, essential equipment and books, says a...
Libraries urgently need more than £6 million to be spent on building repairs, essential equipment and books, says a Federation of Local Authority Chief Librarians survey reported in the Independent(p5) today.

But the study points out that most library authorities have no expection of any capital allocation at all.

Michael Dolan, Lancashire's county librarian is quoted in the paper as saying that building problems cannot be deferred forever.

Keith Crawshaw, head of libraries for Sheffield told The Independent what the consequences of no capital expenditure were:

'It means I have to wait almost for the roof to fall in before anyone will start to think about providing capital. The only sum I have had was £100,000 last year but the roof literally had fallen in.'
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