Birmingham libraries banned from buying new books by City Council


Birmingham City Council has sparked fury after confirming a freeze on buying new books for its libraries because of spending cuts - with some asking the public for donations instead.

The landmark £183 million Library of Birmingham was opened in a blaze of publicity in September 2013 but has since had its opening times cut and staffing reduced.

Now a leaflet appeal from ‘Birmingham Libraries’ has surfaced on social media showing the cuts are hitting other libraries in the city too.

The leaflet read: “BOOKS REQUIRED, Due to public saving cuts we are no longer purchasing any new books or newspapers.

“Therefore we are looking for any books that have been published in the last 12 months to be donated to the library.”

Birmingham City Council confirmed there was a “pause on the book fund” and that a ‘few libraries’ were seeking donations.

The full Birmingham Mail article can be read here.

We say new acquisitions are the life blood of any library service, especially so for the most significant new library in Europe. It should be drawing continuously from the cutting edge of the publishing world, not relying on hand-me-downs however well intentioned.


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