Campaigners are ready to resume the fight to save Kirklees libraries.
Groups formed last year to oppose cuts to rural library services have joined forces to form one new super group in a bid to retain a professional-led library and information service.
And they have research which shows volunteer-led library services elsewhere in the country are not working.
Chris Marks, of Shepley, said: “We don’t want to be faced with a ‘run it yourself or lose it’ dilemma.
“Any changes should be Kirklees-wide. In the past they’ve suggested changes for seven rural libraries, that would create a very fragmented service.
“We are eager to do what we can to keep professional library and information service going in some form.”
Many of the campaigners have done battle before – they fought against the removal of professional staff at libraries in Slaithwaite, Golcar, Lepton, Shepley, Honley, Denby Dale and Kirkheaton.
Denby Dale has opted for the community-run model via a charitable trust.
But members of Save Our Libraries (SOL) feel volunteer-led community libraries and information centres can never be successful.
Mrs Marks, a retired museum curator, explained that even in wealthy areas such Buckinghamshire, the volunteer-run libraries have found it very difficult to pay for big expenses such as maintenance.
In another example they’ve researched a council has had to step back in and give financial support to a struggling volunteer library.
Another in Swindon has closed on Saturdays, schools are unable to use it as a charity shop and it has moved into the school room. In order to save it the council has had to reintroduce professional staff.
Chris said: “Volunteers are not free.”
“Costs include developing and maintaining a volunteer programme, recruitment, support, training, insurance, legal checks etc.
“We in SOL realise that Kirklees councillors are faced with making difficult choices because of the budget cuts that are being forced upon them by central Government.
“What we want is for Kirklees Council to propose ways of continuing to provide a viable, sustainable and professional library and information centre service with any changes to staffing policies and opening hours shared proportionately across the whole of Kirklees.”
A Kirklees spokesman said: “The council has some difficult decisions to make over the coming months in relation to service delivery across all council services not just libraries.
“As a council we have been listening to our communities through the ‘Its Time to Talk’ campaign.
The feedback obtained from the campaign and the library consultation will be considered when developing future service provision.”