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Stonesfield Library saved after Council U-turn; but volunteers expected to run it within three years

Oxfordshire County Council announced today that Stonesfield has had the threat of closure changed following a review of its previous position that it should be closed as part of council cuts.
Stonesfield Library is among 43 libraries that are subject to another four-month consultation exercise starting today.
According to the announcement Stonesfield’s library will not now be threatened with closure but will be required in three years to staffed by volunteer librarians.
The council’s positive spin on this is that they will have support of library service support, and of course county library stock.
Alongside Charlbury and 14 other libraries, for Stonesfield’s library, according to the announcement:

The staffing emphasis in these libraries would shift from county council staff to volunteers in a phased way over a three year period - however support from county council employed operational and professional librarians would continue.


Previously, the council proposed closure and possible reliance of mobile libraries or requirement to use Woodstock Library.
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