Councillors’ fears over town’s libraries

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Town councillors at Pickering and Kirkbymoorside are worried that the way their county branch libraries are currently run could be under threat.

With North Yorkshire County Council facing more major budget cuts, communities may be asked to consider taking over their operation.

At Pickering councillors said that if its library closed it would disadvantage people who use it for internet services as well as a library. Town clerk Andrew Husband said the council had urged the county council to establish a policy for library services that was sustainable. “There was scepticism about whether enough residents would be forthcoming when it was understood that volunteering meant running the library and not just assisting library staff.”

Meanwhile, Kirkbymoorside council believes it could be service in which the town’s young people could become involved and its library at Church House could become an education support which could also support youth work. Suggestions were also made that it might become a hub for business studies and an adult learning and skill service centre. A decision on the future of county libraries in general is expected to made in the next few months.

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