New wave of library cuts hang in the balance

Tonight at 6.15 pm the McDonald Road Library in Edinburgh will become the place of a communal discussion following recent plans by the Council to save money in library services. Edinburgh East Save Our Services, Greater Leith Against the Cuts as well as members of Unison will hold a public meeting to discuss changes which would include reduction of opening hours and certain venues closing on Thursdays.

Campaigners are worried the Council’s plan will threaten the functionality of Edinburgh’s libraries, and mean that some facilities would be left short staffed which would have an adverse effect on the quality of service provided to the public. .

Edinburgh based writer Ken MacLeod told STV local: “Free public libraries have been important to me all my life. Any cut in library services is a hit on the self-education and self-directed entertainment of everyone, and particularly on those who can least afford to lose them.”

The meeting tonight is a response to those issues and is open to the public.