A Freedom of Information request has revealed millions of pounds has been cut from library budgets of Northern councils in the last five years.
The Northern Echo report:
In 2011/12, councils in the North-East and North Yorkshire spent £3.7m on new and replacement books – down £2m on 2007/08 when authorities spent £5.7m.
Author and library campaigner Mike Pannett, from Ryedale, North Yorkshire, last night said it was vital library stocks were kept up to date.
“There should be a good choice – if we start to cut down back on the choice of books we’re depriving people of a valuable resource.
“Library books are so import for education and for recreation, particularly at a time when some people are struggling and can’t afford expensive new books or Kindles.”