Appeal for group to run Borrowash library (and others) relaunched for 2022

Published on: Monday, 24th January 2022

Community groups looking for a new challenge for 2022 are being asked by Derbyshire County Council to consider running one of its libraries - one of them sited in the Erewash borough.

The county council is using the new year to re-launch its drive to find local groups across the county who are interested in taking over the reins at one of 14 county council-run libraries earmarked for community management. 

The group of libraries included in the offer includes Borrowash Library on Victoria Avenue, just outside the village centre.  There are thirteen others included, with many of them located in North Derbyshire and the Peak District.

County council Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture, Tourism and Climate Change Councillor Barry Lewis is encouraging community groups to take the first steps now and register their interest following a pause in the programme due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Councillor Lewis said: “Our libraries are strong community assets with a wide range of uses and benefits and are highly valued by the council and the people who use them. 

“We’re working hard to ensure the library service thrives and grows and to do this we need local communities, groups and volunteers from across the county to work with us.

“We’re hoping established groups, organisations or individuals wanting to form a group will seize the opportunity in 2022 to take over their local library and help to shape its future to suit the needs of their community.”

The Community Managed Library programme is part of the county council’s `Libraries for Derbyshire’ strategy which includes a plan to transfer 20 council-run libraries out of 45 over to community management over the coming years.

The first milestone has already been reached with the handing over of one library near Swadlincote with five other groups currently working with the County Council with a view to taking charge of their local library. 

To find out more about Libraries for Derbyshire and get more information about running a community library, people should go to www.derbyshire.gov.uk/librariesforderbyshire

Here they can find more detailed information on how to get involved and information packs about each of the libraries.  Financial support for successful groups will be provided with grant funding for five years.

Groups wanting to express their interest or ask questions can email community.libraries @ derbyshire.gov.uk or phone the council on 01629 533444

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