There have been several stories in the media today about funding for books in Birmingham Libraries. The following is a statement from Birmingham City Council cabinet member for Skills, Learning and Culture, Cllr Penny Holbrook –
“As is well documented, we need to make huge savings across the council. Councils across the country are having to make hard choices about what can be afforded, and we simply cannot continue to do everything and fund everything we historically have. We are continuing to look at how we secure the future of all our community libraries but whilst that work is underway we need to make tough choices to save money. One of those choices is a pause on the book fund.
“We have never had a situation where we have bought every book suggested to us and at the moment we need to examine all requests for new purchases on a case by case basis depending on demand. We have always made choices about which books to buy, but clearly we need to be careful and buy those books that are most needed.
“Whilst we have not corporately asked for donations from the public and this is the actions of a few libraries we do of course welcome any support the public wish to give our community libraries and the council in general, however we do not expect the public to make up for cuts to the budget from the Government.”