Six open meetings are set to take place later this month for local people to find out more about creating Community-Managed Libraries in Derby.

Individuals and groups interested in helping to run a library are being encouraged to come forward, with special meetings planned to explain the process and new information packs now available on the In Derby website.

The success of Community-Managed Libraries will depend on local people volunteering to get involved.  Anyone interested in finding out more can attend one of six open meetings, where we will be on hand to answer questions:

  • Monday 18 September 10.30am, 2.00pm and 6.00pm at Guildhall Theatre
  • Tuesday 19 September 11.30am, 2.30pm and 6.00pm at Guildhall Theatre

Councillor Amo Raju, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said:

Whether you want to run things or just help out for a couple of hours a week, there’s a role in this for everyone. This is an important opportunity to contribute to the future success of our libraries. I’d urge people not to miss out. Come along to one of the public meetings, and see how you can get involved.”

To support the process, information packs have been prepared on each of the ten libraries. These and other materials can be downloaded from the In Derby website.

Under the proposals, the Council has earmarked £175,000 annually until March 2022 to help with the cost of running Community-Managed Libraries and buying new books.  Eligible groups can bid for funds to help meet library overheads, such as utility bills.

Community groups or organisations are invited to register an interest in running one or more of these libraries by 12.00 noon, Monday 9th October.

The deadline to submit a full application is 12.00 noon, Monday 4th December. Support will be available to help groups develop their proposals.

Any questions about the Community-Managed Libraries can also be emailed to libraries@derby.gov.uk.