Libraries could be closed or run by independent bodies under plans to save council cash.

Libraries are next on the list for a Sutton Council spending review as it looks to cut spending on services in light of budget cuts from central Government.

The review of library services was discussed at a meeting of Sutton Council’s scrutiny committee on Tuesday night.

Councillor Stuart Gordon-Bullock, who sits on the committee, said: “The main concern is that the service is going to be maintained.

“If the services are given to external organisations to run there must also be a concern about staffing.

“We will have to see what the review comes up with, but it is quite right we are looking at all services to make efficiency gains.”

It is understood outsourcing library services is a more likely option than any library closures, but the council can not rule them out at this point.

Councillor Graham Tope, the council’s spokesman on libraries, said: “Sutton is very proud of having one of the best library services in London and we understand how much they are loved by our residents.

“However, we do have to make savings so we have to look at ways to make our libraries more efficient while also protecting the services our residents view as most important.”