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Report shows 105 UK libraries closed last year

In the UK, a report by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has found 105 libraries closed in the UK last year, with £66m (A$117m) slashed from libraries’ budgets over the course of 12 months to April 2017, reports the Bookseller.

The latest figures bring the total number of library closures since austerity measures began in 2012 to 449 across England, Scotland and Wales.

CIPFA claimed visits to libraries were down by 2.9% from 250 million to 243 million for the year to April 2017. The decline is smaller than in 2016, which saw the number of visits drop 5.5% from 265 million to 250 million. The number of total visits has declined by 14% over five years.


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