Three years ago, Sheffield City Council were forced to withdraw a number of public services due to budget cuts.

Burngreave Library was one of 15 branches to become led by volunteers.

It is currently managed by community regeneration charity Soar and staffed by volunteers.

David Granville, a former book writer, journalist and now book shop owner expressed his thoughts regarding government funding cuts, he said: “Libraries are very important particularly for the younger generation and for working class communities, libraries are universities for working class people.

We need more libraries, not less. Some cities and towns have lost all their libraries and It’s criminal, it will have an impact on the general education and cultural levels we have in our society.”

Members of the public have shared concerns about the sustainability of a volunteer-run library.

Mr Granville said: “They’re doing an amazing job trying to keep them open but there’s a professionalism that you get from librarians and sort of skills that are difficult to recoup in the future.

They’re perhaps, through no fault of their own, not providing the same service as before.”

Over the past eight years, 117 local authorities have cut access to books and other services by more than 23,000 hours.

It has been found that libraries that avoided closure have reduced their opening times.

Burngreave library is now open only four days a week.

We encourage you to sign the petition which is seeking parliamentary debate on the funding future of library services: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/228742

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