Today is your last chance to have a say on the future of libraries across Essex.

People will be able to submit their views via the online consultation after the survey deadline was extended.

It came after the website went down on Sunday, February 10, and campaigners demanded it be extended.

Essex County Council agreed to allow it to run for an additional 24 hours online.

As many as 25 of Essex’s 74 libraries look set for closure under new plans.

A review will take place after the authority admitted traditional library use has “collapsed” in the last ten years.

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About 800 people work in Essex’s libraries and job losses have not been ruled out.

The move saw people hold book raids and take part in marches calling for their libraries to be saved.

The councillor in charge of Essex County Council’s library closure consultation insisted the authority has not budgeted for any savings.

Sue Barker, talking on the Gazette’s Colchester Chat podcast, says if communities want to retain their libraries, they need to come up with ideas - and let her know.

She said: “There are no savings built in a at present. If we get savings then good.

“But let’s get a good modern service that’s fit for purpose, which we haven’t got at the moment.”

The council’s proposals say closing more than 20 libraries, having dozens more run by volunteers and reducing opening hours at some sites would save about £2 million a year.

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To take part in the consultation, go to or click here.