Shropshire to make 16 libraries volunteer-run

Shropshire to make 16 libraries volunteer-run

Shropshire County Council is looking at handing all but six of its 22 libraries to community groups, as it seeks to make savings of £1.3m to its library service.

The local authority has revealed that it wants volunteer groups to step forwards at 16 libraries, while only six of the largest libraries will remain run by the council. If the remaining libraries do not have groups come forward, they could be replaced with a mobile service or closed altogether.

The Shropshire Star quoted Teresa Ecclestone, area manager for north Shropshire libraries, saying: "We are looking for alternative management to transfer the services to community groups. We wouldn’t leave them without a library service. If a community group comes forward to run it then we can offer support of course and we are very positive that this could happen for most of the libraries. But if they do not, that is where we are considering replacing it with a mobile service."