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Proposals Invited For Community Libraries

Following Bromley Council’s review of local library services, those interested in running one of the Borough’s community libraries are being asked to register their intentions. Proposals from businesses and groups across the area, including community and voluntary organisations, are being welcomed.

The new community management structure is being proposed for six libraries as part of the recommendations that came from the Council’s decision in March to change the way that library services were operated. The review also highlighted that the core library service will be tested to ensure that facilities remain open whilst making cost efficiencies.

The libraries affected are at Burnt Ash, Mottingham, Southborough, Hayes, St Paul’s Cray, and Shortlands. These are small, community-based libraries that support library users and the wider community.

These proposals could enable a local group to put together an exciting proposition with a different concept from those typically seen in local libraries. There is the possibility of running a whole new form of community library that better serves those in the surrounding area.

Registering to run a library

Those who are interested in operating one or more of the libraries have until 26th June to register with the Council. Further information on the plans and how to register can be found at www.bromley.gov.uk/communitylibrary.

What are you feelings about the Council’s plans for library services in Bromley? Would you consider running one of the community libraries? How do you think they can benefit the local area?

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