Library Closures, & 21st Century Book Burners !

Library Closures, & 21st Century Book Burners !

Borrowing from what CJ the CEO of Sunshine Deserts used to say in The Fall & Rise of Reginald Perrin, My education didn’t get where it is today without ordering old out of print railway engineering history books from my local library.

Some argue that easy access to a public library is an anachronism in today’s age of Smart Phones and the internet, but since libraries now have proper computers perhaps nothing could be further from the truth. It could be said that Library Closures are an attack on the educational aspirations of those less fortunate enough to be on a subsistence income either through unemployment or disability.

Long before the current cuts, ( Labour ) Lancashire County Council proposed to change our village library opening times allegedly to save money when its clear said library will still be open the same total hours and the change will save LCC nothing. They proposed closing at 6pm instead of the original 7pm and theoretically compensating by opening an hour earlier, but it may be reasonable to believe their plan was politically motivated. Perhaps their plan was primarily designed to penalise those villagers in part or full time work and in receipt of the new Universal Credit when introduced, when internet access is an essential component.

Perhaps the whole object of their exercise was to force low income people perhaps close if not already on the