Over the next two years Walsall Council is looking to axe libraries and the mobile library service, along with 13 jobs, in a bid to save just under £487,00.
Bosses are suggesting that libraries could be replaced with 'book exchanges' which would voluntary led by community groups and organisations.
Libraries in Beechdale, Blakenall, New Invention, Pleck, Rushall and South Walsall are among the libraries that are set to close down, however Walsall Council's deputy leader Adrian Andrew has said that any groups who come forward to help in the future will be supported by the council.
Councillor Ian Shires, representitive of Willenhall North, has argued that 'asking people to volunteer to run these libraries is short sighted, it is not something easy to do...' and that 'it is also important to consider that this will still take a lot of funding, which will come from elsewhere'.
Libraries in Aldridge, Bloxwich, Brownhills, Darlaston, Pelsall, Pheasey, Streetly, Willenhall and the Walsall Central Library will all stand to remain open despite the other closures.
What do you think of the proposed plans to axe these libraries?
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