Cuts to Library of Birmingham
The Library of Birmingham is set to lose half of its workforce following budget cuts.
Despite only opening its doors in 2013, the £188.8 million facility – which also houses the city’s archive service – will be forced to make 100 of its 188 staff members redundant. As a result, opening times will also be slashed from 73 hours to just 40 hours each week from April 2015.
The changes are being made by Birmingham City Council, which has been tasked with saving a total of £117 million from its next annual budget. According to a White Paper published by the authority, Government cuts would also result in a reduced support for community libraries and fewer staff at local heritage sites.
“We are proud of the building and the warm welcome it has received locally, nationally and internationally since opening in September 2013,” said Cllr Penny Holbrook, the council’s cabinet member for skills, learning and culture. “However, the financial position of the library leaves us with no other feasible option but to put forward these proposals.”
The Library cost £188.8 million to build