Allestree Library is set to become a Community Managed Library as Derby City Council hand the keys over to local charity Direct Help and Advice (DHA).

The library’s last day operating as a council-run library will be Saturday 14th July. It will then close temporarily for work to take place ahead of re-opening as a Community Managed Library on Monday 30th July.

Councillor Alan Grimadell, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said:

“DHA will be working closely with the local community to tailor the services to suit the area. This is all about delivering a successful and sustainable library service for the future.”

The Council will carry out training for staff and volunteers during this time, to make sure library services run as smoothly as possible once re-opened.

Customers can access and reserve books at other libraries in Derby during the temporary closure and eBooks will continue to be available 24/7.

Allestree Library is one of ten libraries the Council will transition over to DHA as part of plans to deliver a successful and financially sustainable library service for Derby.

Other libraries being transferred to DHA as part of a phased process include:

• Allenton Library
• Bleagreaves Library
• The Philip Whitehead Memorial Library at Chaddesden Park
• Chellaston Library
• Derwent Library
• Mackworth Library
• Springwood Library

Sinfin Library was the first to become a Community Managed Library at the beginning of May and Spondon Library opened as the second Community Managed Library in Derby on Monday 25th June.

DHA’s aim is to provide the local community with services beyond borrowing books. They are working closely with communities at each local library to tailor services to fit each area.
Community Action Derby is working in partnership with DHA to recruit volunteers for all proposed Community Managed Libraries. For more information on how to get involved in volunteering please contact them on 01332 346266.

To find out more about the proposals for Allestree Library please contact Direct Help and Advice on 01332 287850.

Information on library services can be found on the InDerby website.