New charity to help libraries

A new trust aimed at supporting Northamptonshire’s public library service has been launched.

The Charity Commission has approved the registration of the Northamptonshire Libraries Trust which has been created as part of Northamptonshire County Council’s strategy to safeguard the long-term future of libraries in the county. The strategy was published in 2011 in response to ongoing financial challenges as well as to ensure that libraries will be fit for the 21st century by March 2016.

Establishing the Trust is the latest step in the strategy as, although libraries will continue to be run by the county council, the Trust will be the new charitable arm for the service and will help donations go further.

Deputy leader for the county council and cabinet member for customer and communities Cllr Heather Smith said: “We welcome the creation of the Northamptonshire Libraries Trust and the support it will give to the library service.”