Community library management proposals invited

Published Friday, 15 May 2015

Organisations interested in managing one of Bromley’s community libraries are being invited to register their interest.

Community groups and other organisations, including business and voluntary groups, are being invited to apply to manage one or more of six community libraries. The libraries, by their nature, are smaller and are run for the communities they are located in, with community management proposals potentially able to create a new style of community library management. 

“Who would have thought a few years ago that a library would provide more services other than lending books? As library use and management continues to evolve, this latest initiative could present an enticing and interesting opportunity for someone. Whilst change is challenging, this opportunity gives a blank canvas for us all to consider different ideas going forwards” said Councillor Peter Morgan, Executive Councillor for Renewal and Recreation.

The community libraries where community management proposals are being considered are Burnt Ash, Hayes, Mottingham, Shortlands, Southborough and St Paul’s Cray. Proposals are welcome to manage these community buildings that would provide benefits to existing and new library users and the local community.

The news follows a review of the library service across the borough and a decision in March which included plans for community management and market testing of the core library service.

The closing date for registrations of interest in 26 June 2015 and further information is available by visiting www.bromley.gov.uk/communitylibrary

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