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VIDEO: Volunteers set to be given bigger role in running community-partnered libraries

With Surrey County Council’s Cabinet due to consider a report on Tuesday about support arrangements for community-partnered libraries, Mary Lewis, Cabinet Member for All Age Learning, outlines plans to give volunteers a bigger role in running their local branches. More information can be found here.  

First volunteers take control of library and extend opening

Volunteers took control of the first Surrey library to be run by local people and immediately extended opening times. They took over the day to day running of Byfleet library on Saturday September 22, giving them the power to unleash the branch’s full potential. One of the first decisions made by the volunteers was to … Continue reading

Communities can run libraries

A teacher, a GP and a psychologist are among an army of volunteers who will help unleash the full potential of their local library, following a decision by Surrey County Council’s Cabinet today. Councillors agreed that local people will take over the day to day running of 10 of Surrey’s lesser used branches*, giving them … Continue reading

National conference speech sets out vision for libraries

Surrey County Council Leader David Hodge today <WED JUNE 27> set out his vision for the future of libraries at one of the biggest political events of the year. He was asked to give a speech at the Local Government Association’s annual conference, which was attended by members of the Government, MPs, councillors, police chiefs and … Continue reading

Libraries plans feature on BBC Sunday Politics

Surrey County Council’s plans to support communities in running 10 libraries was featured on the BBC’s Sunday Politics. On the programme, Surrey’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games Helyn Clack explained the aim of the plans was to “keep all 52 libraries open” while elsewhere in the country branches are closing. The story … Continue reading

Leader’s announcement on libraries

The Leader of Surrey County Council, David Hodge, today (Tuesday 29 November) announced he was proposing the end of any ‘phase two’ to the plans for community-run libraries. Mr Hodge said that in line with his promise to listen, learn and reflect on the views of residents he was proposing the change in the council’s … Continue reading

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