Four Newcastle libraries to reopen

Four Newcastle libraries to reopen

Four libraries in Newcastle are reopening after the council agreed to partner with outside bodies to run the buildings.

Newcastle City Council closed 10 of its 18 libraries amid protests. However, Fenham Library reopened this weekend under a new partnership deal with Your Homes Newscastle, an arms-length management company which manages thousands of council houses in the city.

Three other libraries are set to reopen soon under a deal agreed between the council and Newcastle College.

Councillor Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council, told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle: "Library closures are happening in almost every area in the country but we’re determined to find alternative arrangement so that as many of the libraries earmarked for closure remain open."

John Lee, Your Homes Newcastle chief executive, said: ''This collaboration is a prime example of how working in partnership can help make a lasting difference to the tenants and communities we serve. Fenham Library will now provide residents with a local housing office and library services all under one roof, in turn securing the future of the library.''