Public Libraries: Closures

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 3rd October 2019.

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Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Chair, Home Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish a list including the postcode locations of the public libraries that have closed between 2010 and the most recent year for which figures are available.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The Department does not commission specific information relating to the closure of public libraries. The Libraries Taskforce has collected and validated data relating to static libraries in each of the local authorities in England, which includes details of library closures and their post codes. This information covers the period 1 April 2010 and 1 July 2016 and the full dataset is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/673041/Public_libraries_in_England-_extended_basic_dataset__as_on_1_July_2016_.csv/preview

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