Public Libraries

Department for Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 4th June 2015.

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Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many libraries (a) closed and (b) switched to being run by volunteers between 2010 and 2015.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy (Jointly with Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy (Jointly with Department for Culture Media and Sport)

With reference to the answer I gave on 10 February 2015 to Question 222966 our desktop research has identified some further static library closures that have taken place between 7 May 2010 and 8 May 2015. Our estimate is that up to 100 static libraries have closed during this period. The DCMS does not collect information on the number of volunteer-run libraries.

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