Council to buy books on cheap for libraries
NEW books for city libraries will be purchased at knock-down prices by a consortium of councils – based in the North West and Yorkshire.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council wants to extend its deal with the network of 33 northern authorities who secure discounts by buying in bulk.
The authority will spend £651,000 on new books, CDs and DVDs over the three years of the contract, but officers say it could prove much more expensive if they were attempting to secure their own deals.
Libraries in the city have been bit by budget cuts of £700,000 over four years.
Burslem and Fenton libraries closed.
Cabinet members will approve a deal with the North West and Yorkshire Libraries Book Consortium, which covers 2013 to 2016, later this week.