You may have seen an article in the Evening News about Manchester City Council’s decision to dump 300,000 of Central Library’s works as part of their £170m refurbishment. Last week I raised my concerns with the Head of Libraries and I am pleased Chorlton MP John Leech has joined me in slamming this decision.
Manchester City Council have made the move to dispose of 300,000 works, almost a third of its collection, stating that they are no longer needed.
The items will be given to an outside company which will sell, give away or pulp the works.
Chorlton MP John Leech has written to Manchester city council urging them to reconsider their decision,
“First and foremost these books belong to the people of Manchester and should not be given away to a private company”
He went on to say,
“The city of Manchester has a vast literary history and with the libraries of Manchester’s three universities under stocked, it just seems like a massive travesty to see so many works going to waste.
The works should be offered up to Manchester Libraries like the struggling Barlow Moor Library in my constituency, the Universities and above all the people of Manchester who own these books”
I am waiting for a reply from the Head of Libraries about whether the Council have offered the surplus stock to other Manchester Libraries.