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"The future of libraries in the UK is in jeopardy because of 'drastic' cuts and the 'looming threat' of privatisation, a leading union warned today.
"Unison accused the Government of 'sleepwalking into a library crisis' which will deprive future generations of the book-lending and other services provided.
"The union said that in the year to April, 100 libraries in England closed or were being run by volunteers or as a social enterprise.
"Local authority library budgets in England have been cut by £122 million in the past two years, according to research by Unison."