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Beware of ‘public saving cuts’, and Daily Mail stories

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Birmingham’s Labour council spent £188million on the Library of Birmingham but now it can’t afford to buy any books and is asking for donations, the Daily Mail reported.

Daily Mail

Daily Mail

[Daily Mail]

[…] Notices have been posted in libraries throughout city pleading with locals to handover any read or unwanted books published in the last 12 months.

Written in bold, block capital letters, the begging letters headed ‘BOOKS REQUIRED!’ state that no recent titles or newspapers will be purchased for readers to borrow ‘due to public saving cuts’.

The posters, photographs of which have been shared online, read: ‘Due to public savings cuts we are no longer purchasing any new books or newspapers. Therefore we’re looking for any books published in the last 12 months to be donated to the library. All gratefully received.’

The Library of Birmingham will continue to buy special collection books such as large print, and some non-fiction titles during the freeze

'Birmingham hearts AJ', Architects Journal, 2011 (paywalled)

‘Birmingham hearts AJ’, Architects Journal, 2011 (paywalled)

Mike Whitby?

Wikipedia, Mike Whitby

Wikipedia, Mike Whitby (at 13 Aug 2015)

'Former council boss Lord Whitby claimed £15,300 for three speeches', Birmingham Post, 5 August 2015

Birmingham Post, 5 August 2015

Written by beleben

August 13, 2015 at 3:05 pm

Posted in Birmingham

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