TWO of five libraries in Harlow are at risk of closure, following the publication of Essex County Council’s ‘Future Library Services Strategy’.
The five-year strategy, announced in November 2018, plans to reshape library services around Essex by placing library shelves and study spaces in local community centres or other public buildings.
The council’s aim is to modernise library services to ensure they remain engaging, inclusive and fit for purpose in the 21st century.
According to the plans, Harlow’s main Central Library will remain open whilst Mark Hall and Tye Green libraries are up for closure. Old Harlow Library will have reduced hours.
Save Our Libraries Essex (SOLE) campaigners have protested against the plans across Essex, including Harlow resident Emma Batrick.
Emma said: “I first heard about Essex County Council’s plans to close the libraries when I read about it on Facebook. I just remember feeling really sad and shocked, it seemed like such a heartless thing to do.”
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