Daventry Library under review

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PLANS to overhaul the library service have been unveiled by Northamptonshire County Council.

The consultation, launched on Monday, looks at potentially putting more services into libraries, reviewing opening hours and making them a ‘communty hub’.

The council wants to encourage more people to ‘contribute more directly in the delivery and maintenance’ of the service and to get more people to volunteer to keep their library going.

The call for volunteers to help run the service comes after a round of redundancies at libraries, including Daventry.

Initially the council had planned to shut eight of the least-used libraries, including Woodford Halse. But it backtracked on the idea following a wave of protest from the public and said it was reviewing the whole system.

Cllr Heather Smith, NCC’s cabinet member for customer services, said: “The financial challenges we are currently tackling are well known and it comes as no surprise to say that we simply cannot afford to continue to completely fund the library service ourselves.

“The thousands of responses we received during our library closure proposals earlier this year showed us just how much libraries are valued by people living and working in the county and we want to harness this enthusiasm and support.

“In fact, many people have said that they would be prepared to pay something towards keeping their service.”