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Communities to help run their local library

Library services in Beaumaris, Cemaes and Rhosneigr will be run in partnership with the local community from this summer onwards.

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Anglesey’s Library Service has reached an agreement with Canolfan Beaumaris, and Llanfaelog Community Council to ensure that local library services continue.

Both have secured a long-term lease and will take over the running costs of their respective buildings. Core library hours will still be provided by the County Council, but the buildings can now be put to other community or business uses.

Friends of Cemaes Library have also secured funding to keep Cemaes library open for 12 months.

Regular mobile services will replace the libraries in, Moelfre and Newborough after efforts to secure similar partnership initiatives failed. These two libraries will close on June 29th 2018.

The changes form part of the Council’s new Library Service Strategy 2017-2022 which is now being implemented after the Executive adopted it in December.

Education, Libraries, Culture and Youth portfolio holder, Councillor Meirion Jones, “The County Council will still provide an efficient statutory library service, but significant financial pressures meant we could no longer afford to run the library service as it was.”

“Anglesey has seen a change in the way people use local libraries with an overall decline in library visits and number of items issued possibly due to technological advances.”

“Our public consultation, however, clearly showed that people wanted to safeguard book lending, ICT provision, focus on helping children, young people and adults to improve skills and learn and the ability for the libraries to act as a community hub. We’ve tried our best to achieve these aspirations.”

Cllr Jones added, “I’m very pleased that a positive agreement has been reached in Beaumaris, Cemaes and Rhosneigr. The closure of any library really was a last resort and it is a shame that our efforts have not come to fruition in Moelfre and Newborough. However, we remain committed to ensuring library services across the Island, and these two communities will be added to our existing mobile service.”

Beaumaris, Cemaes, Moelfre, Newborough and Rhosneigr Libraries were at risk as they had the lowest number of annual visits, loans and computer sessions. Council officers worked with local groups and organisations in these communities in a bid to secure their support in the future running of the library buildings.

Ends 13.6.18

 

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