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Ten things you need to know about Northolt Leisure Centre library

  1. Northolt Leisure Centre library only employs 2.6 staff.
  2. It is very cheap to run – only £75K per annum would be saved by closing it.
  3. The library service costs £6.7 million so the saving would be 1.1% of the library budget.
  4. The library is the cheapest in the borough in terms of cost per item borrowed, the library is third cheapest in terms of cost per visitor.
  5. The library only opened in January 2010 but council leader Julian Bell says he wants to “provide something else that will generate more income on that site”.
  6. Because the library front desk is integrated with the leisure centre front desk it has very long opening hours – 48 hours compared to 33.5 for other small libraries, open 43% more than other small libraries but still the cheapest!
  7. Again, because the library front desk is integrated with the leisure centre front desk it never closes when staff are sick, etc unlike the other small libraries in the borough.
  8. Northolt Mandeville ward is physically divided from the rest of the borough by the A40 – it needs its own library.
  9. The book buying budget is less than 10% of libraries spending and should be left alone. There is no point in keeping the buildings and staff and not buying books.
  10. There are other ways of finding savings in the library service if required, for instance:
    • The library service employs 125 FTE altogether.
    • There are 7 senior managers in the library service who report up through three more layers of management.
    • The libraries back office still employs 21.5 FTE.
    • Ealing Central library employs 27 FTE.

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