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REPORT SHOWS A BETTER WAY TO BUY BOOKS

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Councils could save up to£20m a year by better managing the purchasing of library books, a report claims....
Councils could save up to£20m a year by better managing the purchasing of library books, a report claims.

The Museums, Libraries & Archives Council (MLA) study Better stock, better libraries suggests England's 149 library

authorities buy books collectively in order to save money to reinvest in improving services.

It describes a new stock procurement model, drawn up by PricewaterhouseCoopers, which would allow them to do this. It includes an eMarketplace to help authorities seek stock at best value and process purchases more efficiently. It also suggests authorities work together regionally to find back-office savings.

The MLA claims current inefficient procurement practices add an extra 40% to the cost of each book bought.

John Dolan, the MLA's head of library policy, said: 'A 40% overhead in buying stock is unacceptable.'

www.mla.gov.uk

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