City's Libraries Come under Fire

Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), July 23, 2001 | Go to article overview

City's Libraries Come under Fire


Byline: NIGEL HART, Education Reporter

COVENTRY library service has been slammed by the Audit Commission.

The commission's report says: "Coventry's library service is poor and is unlikely to improve because it does not have an adequate improvement plan and has not looked at how it can make the service better for local people."

The city failed to score at all on the Audit Commission's rating scale of up to three stars.

The Audit Commission also found:

Coventry has fewer library facilities and services than other local authorities, particularly in terms of books and other materials for loan and reference.

Many city libraries need refurbishment.

Coventry does not have enough libraries for the number of people who live in the city - fewer than one per 20,000, compared with the national average of one for every 15,000 residents.

Libraries in the city have fewer computers for the public to use than many other councils.

Paul Kirby, regional director of the central region of the best-value inspection service, said: "Coventry libraries have suffered from a long period of neglect, with a low number of books and many poorly-sited and old-fashioned library buildings. …

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