VIDEO: Library campaigners hand petition to county council
People campaigning to stop Lincolnshire libraries being shut have handed over a 4,300-signature petition to Lincolnshire County Council.
It coincides with the final day of a consultation process, which is gathering responses from the public on the proposals.
Together with a previous petition, protest group Save Lincolnshire Libraries has collected more than 22,000 names from across the county.
The council plans to close 32 of 47 libraries in a bid to save £2 million from its budget.
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University librarian Paul Stainthorp, 34, handed over the petition to Nigel West, head of democratic services for Lincolnshire County Council, at County Offices, in Newland, Lincoln, at 1pm today.
He said: "Families with young children rely on books to help their children get an early start in life and learn to read.
"And everybody knows somebody, such as an older relative, who doesn't have access to the internet and libraries are the only places to get it.
"It's true that not enough people use libraries, but cutting services is absolutely the worst place to start."
Following the ceremony on the steps of County Offices, a car stopped outside the building loaded with 1,500 consultation response forms from The Priory Academy LSST.
Pupils had decided to fill out the questionnaire to make their voices heard.
The public feedback will now be analysed by Sheffield Hallam University before the results of the institution's evaluation are sent back to the county council at the end of October.
Officers will then pull together their final proposals for managing library services and prepare a report for a council scrutiny committee.
A final decision on the cuts will be made by the authority's executive committee on December 3.