January 11, 2018
A consultation on the future of Northamptonshire county council library service ends Saturday 13 January, 5pm. Up to 28 of the county’s 36 libraries could be closed if the plans get the go-ahead. Northamptonshire county council, which is looking to make £115m savings in the next four years, have been proposed three options for the region’s libraries, each of which will see at least 21 branches closed. The threat to the library service has in turn prompted concerns about the custodianship of the poet John Clare’s manuscripts – currently held by Northamptonshire libraries – with several authors (many RSL Fellows) raising concerns.