Future of West Cumbria's branch libraries up for debate

SHARE THIS STORY

People are being asked what they would like to see happen to libraries at Hensingham, Kells and Mirehouse in the future.

Cumbria county Council wants to know how it can make better use of the libraries.

A spokesman said: "All of these libraries are open for less than 10 hours service a week and levels of use, in terms of visits, PC use, and book borrowing, is low.

"We are looking to explore alternative options which would mean better use of the buildings for the local community, and potentially better access to library services. Other libraries in the Copeland district are unaffected."

It is offering three options for people to consider – alternative use of the library buildings, consolidation of services into Whitehaven’s main library, but with extended outreach, or no change.

The spokesman added: "None of these options would result in any reductions in staff numbers.

"We would welcome ideas and support from any groups that would be interested in making alternative use of the building for the benefit of the community either through leasing, sale or Community Asset Transfer."

The consultation ends on Friday September 8.

Visit www.cumbria.gov.uk/libraries, email whitehaven.library@cumbria.gov.uk, write to Whitehaven Library, Lowther Street, Whitehaven CA28 7QZ, or call in to any library in Copeland and collect a consultation feedback form.

This can be returned to any Copeland library or posted to the above address.

Comment on this article

Generate a new code
Comments not OK? Click here to let us know
Read this..