Dear Editor, Has nobody noticed that while councils everywhere are being warned about cuts in library services, Birmingham City Council is building a brand new central library from scratch which they claim will be bigger than the one they have now.

How does Councillor Whitby square that circle so as to avoid lumbering the library service with an understaffed white elephant in five years time?

The sensible solution is to cut the new library now and make do with the one we have. Not only will it cost less and will need no more staff to run it, but it can also be adapted to do all the exciting things that the council wants us to believe can only be done in a new building costing £590 million over 40 years.

Alan Clawley

Friends of the Central Library