The UK’s biggest library has been shut down for good due to budget cuts and falling book sales
Business Insider UK article The UK library system has been hit hard by budget cuts, but its library system is still thriving.
The library system in the north-west of England was shut down on Friday, and is now only accessible via a pay phone.
It’s the second time in three years the system has had to close.
On Monday, the government announced it would cut its books budget by 20%.
The cuts will hit the UK’s libraries hardest, and the UK Library Foundation said the impact on the library system would be felt by the hundreds of thousands of people who rely on the system to get books.
The UK Library Service (UKLS) said it has been trying to work with its customers to get some books in order, but said it is still in talks with the government on how best to keep the books running.
UKLS said the books were “a huge source of income” for the library.
It said the cuts to the books budget will hit many of the UKLS’s most vulnerable customers, who are “most at risk of financial hardship if the budget cuts go ahead”.
The library service is also facing the prospect of being shut down if the UK government’s plans to cut its budget by 80% come to fruition.