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A CONSULTATION on libraries intended to help them make more money and cost taxpayers less, starts this month.

Northamptonshire County Council says its aim is to reduce the cost of libraries by up to 50 per cent over four years.

Plans include making libraries more like community hubs and getting more voluntary help.

Cllr Heather Smith, county council cabinet member for customer services said: “This review is our response to the thousands of voices we heard during our budget consultation telling us why they value the library service and what it means to them in their lives.

“We want to harness this enthusiasm and support to ensure libraries have a strong and successful future.

“The difficult financial challenges we are facing mean we need to find a realistic way to achieve this as we simply cannot afford to continue to completely fund the library service ourselves.

“We need everyone to get involved and we are providing lots of ways for people to play their part in the future of the library service.”

The consultation will be at Daventry Library on September 24, from 2pm to 4pm.