THE future of Barnet’s library service is to be discussed at a special committee meeting next month.

Barnet council is set to make £2.85m worth of cuts to the service, with proposals laid out that could see libraries shrunk, closed or run by volunteers.

The issue was due to go to a meeting of the children, education, libraries and safeguarding committee (CELS) on Monday, September 21 at Hendon Town Hall.

But the council has now scheduled a special meeting for the committee on Monday, October 12 in order to "give the proposals the full consideration they deserve".

Campaigners will also stage a march this Saturday (September 12) through Barnet to protest about the cuts, and will be joined by The Thick of It star Rebecca Front.

Councillor Reuben Thompstone, chairman of the CELS committee, said: “Given the importance of the library service proposals to residents and members, a special CELS committee will provide a better opportunity to give the proposals the full consideration they deserve.”

The council has said any new proposal for the library service will go out for further consultation in the autumn.