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No Reprieve for School Library Service Closure

Despite calls from the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and the School Library Association (SLA) to explore alternative funding sources, Hertfordshire County Council is adamant that the service will close on 31st March 2012.


'Explored alternatives'

Mr Hayward said that the council had consulted with schools and "explored alternative structures and service offers" over several years in an attempt to address the service's problems.

"All in all, we have reduced the cost of providing the service by 43% over the last five years, but it is still in deficit, and it has become increasingly difficult to develop a service offer at a contract price which individual schools are now prepared to pay," he said.

"If the value that schools place on the Schools Library Service does not translate into actually buying subscriptions, then the service is no longer financially viable."

"No school library should close as a result of this decision."

source: BBC News