Thousands have joined in on an urgent plea to save Glasgow's "lifeline" libraries. 

Glasgow Life revealed not all of its libraries would be able to reopen following an income loss during the pandemic. 

It is understood libraries in Govanhill, Langside and Pollokshields are among those which will not recover from lockdown. 

A petition was started by people who believe these libraries form a fundamental resource for their areas. 

Petition organisers Alishia Farnan wrote: "Libraries are fundamental to the areas that they serve.

"They provide free access to the internet, a space to socialise outside of the home and, access to free books. For many children, and adults, libraries exist as a safe space outside of their homes.

"They are also in support of the Scottish Government's policy to 'close the attainment gap' as they provide a place for children to study and engage with learning."

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Urging Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Life to reconsider the closures, she added that Govanhill and Pollokshields have the highest proportions of children from low-income families who may rely on the resources provided by the libraries. 

One supporter of the petition wrote: "Langside and Govanhill libraries were a lifeline to me, especially on maternity leave. 

"To be able to walk through park to a baby class, to pop in for new books after a stressful day at work, to print off my thesis, to introduce my daughter to the wonder of reading, to feel grounded singing along in book bugs classes when my head was spinning wildly. 

"I would be utterly lost without a library near."

She added: "For this Queens Park surrounding area to have ALL it’s libraries shut, in an area where people can’t afford to jump on the train or bus to visit a library, aren’t able to walk 3miles further each way to a library, it’s a travesty."

You can view the petition HERE.