Lewisham Council is consulting on whether to close some libraries in a bid to save money.

The council needs to find savings of £45 million in the next two years, and the library service has been earmarked to cut costs by £1 million.

Seven libraries are owned and managed by the council; Catford, in Laurence House, Deptford Lounge, along Giffin Street, Downham, in Moorside Road, Forest Hill, along Dartmouth Road, Lewisham, along the High Street, Manor House in Old Road and Torridon Road library.

A further six buildings are either owned or managed by community and voluntary groups.

The council is seeking feedback on three options for the future of the services.

These include outsourcing management to a third party, closing down some libraries and creating three ‘hub’ libraries, referred to as the Lewisham community library model.

The latter is the favoured option.

Under the proposal this would see Deptford, Lewisham and Downham turned into the hub libraries.

MORE TOP STORIES Forest Hill, Torridon Road and Manor House would be turned into community libraries, similar to ones currently managed by local groups.

In Catford, the ground floor of the Catford Complex at Laurence House would be ‘repurposed’ to provide a library service.

This change would only be implemented as part of a wider review of the uses for the ground floor.

Staff at these buildings would be out of a job, saving the council £800,000.

The council estimates along with other cost-cutting measures this plan would save them the necessary £1 million, but suitable organisations would need to be found.

They are holding a public consultation on plans until November 15, with a final decision to be made on December 9.

The next public consultation is on Monday (October 12) atTrinity School, Taunton Road, then Monday (October 19) at the Sydenham School, Dartmouth Road, Thursday (October 22) at Sandhurst Junior School, along Minard Road in Catford and on Wednesday (November 4) at St Dunstan's Jubilee Hall, along Canadian Avenue also in Catford.

All meetings start at 7.30pm.

For more information visit: www.lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/Library-consultation-2015.

What do you think of plans? Get in touch on Rebecca.Flood@london.newsquest.co.uk