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County council plans to lease libraries as 'hot offices'
12:32pm Monday 7th October 2013 in News
County chiefs are looking to boost civic coffers by hiring out surplus space in libraries as “hot offices.”
Plans include leasing rooms on a daily rate or longer-term commercial lease to businesses and individuals.
Library chiefs say many reference books can now be read on-line via sub-scription sites in libraries so less space is needed for books. In addition, the council is now offering free Wi-Fi for visitors with their own laptops.
According to a report presented to a council report, £150,000 was generated from hiring out rooms in 53 libraries to community groups in 2012-13. The plan is to increase this figure.
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