£237k raised by council’s book sale

£237k raised by council’s book sale

£237k raised by council’s book sale

First published in News

THE county council has raised £237,145 from its rare and old book auctions after calling a halt to the sales following withering criticism of the process.

The figure is the total amount raised following a series of book auctions.

In the final sale, 30 lots of Worcestershire County Council books, mostly on travel and topography, were sold at Dominic Winter auction house in Gloucestershire yesterday.

High estimates on the books had auction experts expecting £16,000 on all the lots but brisk bidding raised £18,770, even though four lots failed to sell.

Critics have blasted the council’s decision to sell the books saying they were done without public knowledge nor full discussions with interested parties.

The council claims the auctions are to streamline book stocks ready for a move from Worcester’s Foregate Street library to the Hive in the Butts, saying they were under a legal duty to provide a “comprehensive and efficient” library service. However, they yesterday suspended further sales, pledging to discuss any public concerns.

Auction house experts who catalogued the lots said that many of the books would have cost more than their value to rebind, and they were only of any value to collectors and speculative bidders.

But critics including Worcester Civic Society remain unsettled at the way the sales were done.

Stephen Inman, civic society chairman, said: “If these books have no relevance and can be sold, then it begs the question why have we had them for the past 100 years or more?

"The fact is they were either bought or people have handed them over for the benefit of people in Worcestershire and now they have been sold.

“They could have been donated to the university, as universities are always looking for good books and well-stocked libraries.”

A county council spokesman said: “There is no statutory requirement regarding book stocks either being retained or disposed of within the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964.”

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5:19pm Fri 8 Apr 11

pudniw_gib says...

That nice bit of cash can be used to keep Malvern Youth Centre going for a few more years..
That nice bit of cash can be used to keep Malvern Youth Centre going for a few more years.. pudniw_gib
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9:51pm Fri 8 Apr 11

Maggie Would says...

pudniw_gib wrote:
That nice bit of cash can be used to keep Malvern Youth Centre going for a few more years..
Seen this, pudniw?
http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-england-her
eford-worcester-1301
2899
Nothing like a sit-in to get them worried, although I'm not sure whether gentile Malvern would be up for it?
[quote][p][bold]pudniw_gib[/bold] wrote: That nice bit of cash can be used to keep Malvern Youth Centre going for a few more years..[/p][/quote]Seen this, pudniw? http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-england-her eford-worcester-1301 2899 Nothing like a sit-in to get them worried, although I'm not sure whether gentile Malvern would be up for it? Maggie Would
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5:37pm Sat 9 Apr 11

pudniw_gib says...

Ha ha, cheers for the link Maggie, there are a few already going on about an occupation of the youth centre in Malvern, we can be a bit militant here as well. I will post the link on the Save My Centre group
http://www.facebook.
com/profile.php?id=1
065383758#!/pages/Sa
ve-MY-Centre/1572872
94330229
Ha ha, cheers for the link Maggie, there are a few already going on about an occupation of the youth centre in Malvern, we can be a bit militant here as well. I will post the link on the Save My Centre group http://www.facebook. com/profile.php?id=1 065383758#!/pages/Sa ve-MY-Centre/1572872 94330229 pudniw_gib
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