Local groups interested in running a community library are being asked to step forward to find out more.
DCC are re-launching their drive to find local groups across the county who are interested in taking over the reins at one of 14 county council-run libraries earmarked for community management.
They are asking community groups to take the opportunity now as the council begins to encourage expressions of interest again following a pause in the programme due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The drive is part of their ‘Libraries for Derbyshire’ strategy which was first launched at the beginning of 2019 and included a plan to transfer 20 council-run libraries out of 45 over to community management over the coming years.
The first milestone has already been reached with the handing over of Woodville Library, now called Woodville Community Managed Library, near Swadlincote, to Circularity Association last month.
The other libraries are Borrowash, Brimington, Clowne, Creswell, Duffield, Etwall, Gamesley, Hadfield, Hayfield, Holmewood, Killamarsh, Melbourne, Old Whittington, Pinxton, Somercotes, Tideswell, Whaley Bridge, Whitwell and Wingerworth.
Five other groups are currently working with DCC with a view to taking charge of their local libraries in the future. These libraries are Etwall, Melbourne, Old Whittington, Tideswell and Wingerworth.
For successful groups support from the council will include grant funding for five years and assistance in the financial processes of running a community managed library for the first two years.