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THREE more public meetings are to be held over the future of the borough’s libraries this week.

Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, who manage libraries on behalf of Wigan Council, is currently conducting a four-month survey in order to gather as much information as possible to help shape future library provision.

Several of the borough’s libraries look set to close and already campaigning has begun to save those thought most in danger of the axe.

Following the government’s spending review in October, Wigan’s library budget is facing a 25 per cent cut of £1.1m as Wigan Council looks to make savings of £55m over the next three years.

The borough’s library service is made up of 18 libraries, two mobile libraries and a housebound service operating on an annual £4m budget.

All of the following public meetings will take place between 7pm and 9pm:

n Tuesday February 8 - Atherton and Tyldesley Botanical Gardens Association, 232, Tyldesley Road, Atherton. Free car parking is available at the rear of the building, which is also located on bus routes.

n Wednesday February 9 - Leigh Sports Village, Leigh Stadium, Sale Way, Leigh. Ample free car parking is available on-site.

n Thursday February 10 - Westfield Community School, Montrose Avenue, Pemberton. Free car parking is available.