Tenth library to become community managed

Published: 19 December 2019

Pile of books

Derby City Council will hand over the running of Derwent Library to community management early next year.

The Library will be operated by Derby based charity Direct Help and Advice from the week commencing 16th March. Derwent Library’s last day under Council management will be Tuesday 25th February.

During the temporary closure, the Council will carry out training to enable a smooth transition for customers and volunteers alike. In the interim, customers can access and reserve books at other Derby libraries, with eBooks continuing to be accessible 24/7 online.

Derwent Library will become the tenth and final library to become community managed as part of the council’s plans for a sustainable library service.

The handover of the tenth library will mean Derby City Council is set to realise the project’s full ongoing annual saving of £673,000 in the 2020/21 financial year.

Community Action Derby is working in partnership with DHA to recruit volunteers for all proposed Community Managed Libraries. Members of the public who would like more information about the opportunity to be part of the future of local libraries and how to get involved in volunteering can call 01332 346266.

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