Österäng's library to be shut down
Maria Magnusson is a librarian at Österäng’s library.
– We have five pre-schools that come here, where we teach the children how to borrow books. Antonskolan has its school library here, she says.
– There are also many people who come to use the copying service, we have that open now during the pandemic also.
”Are they going to shut it down? That’s not good. I come here every other day; I'm retired.”Ljiljana Furlan, a visitor
Today, Thursday, the Culture and Leisure Committee will decide the budget for next year. The proposal includes closing the library in Österäng and the borrowing station in Linderöd, a saving of 120,000 crowns.
– We know that the residents want to keep their library. There are elderly people, many immigrants and families with children who live here. The library means a lot to them. We are really fighting for it to remain, he says.
One week ago, he put up petitions in protest against the proposal to shut down. The petitions have been posted at Coop, the pizzeria and a few other places.
– I got about 60 here at the library.
Ljiljana Furlan lives in the area. She is a frequent visitor to the library.
– Are they going to shut it down? That’s not good. I come here every other day; I'm retired. I read the newspaper, look at the weekly magazines, maybe find a book to borrow. What else is there to do?
– It’s a shame. Sad, she says.
Lars Karlsson reads a daily newspaper. He comes here every day that it's open.
– It’s terrible, he says about the proposal to shut the library.
Jan Lindelöf, what are you going to do with the list of signatures?
– I will have to email all the members of the Culture and Leisure Committee, it is tomorrow (on Thursday) that they will have the meeting and make the decision.