Castle Donington Library was threatened with closure but, thanks to community spirit, and the efforts of the parish council, it will be saved. From the end of June 2016 it will be run as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation by a team of volunteers.
Initially the opening hours and services will be unchanged, but it is hoped eventually to extend both to serve Castle Donington and its residents. One of the first aims will be to provide high speed wireless broadband at the building in Delven Lane. After that, new services will be considered in response to public demand.
The new community library is funded by grants from Leicestershire County Council, North West Leicestershire District Council and Castle Donington Parish Council. It will be officially opened on Saturday July 9 by children’s author Andrew Cope. His books include the Spy Dog, Spy Pups and Spy Cat series.
When it was first realised that the library was under threat the parish council determined to do what it could to save it. Vice chairman Chris Hills said: “We have championed the formation of the volunteer run organisation because we believe that it is important to protect local services. We will do all that we can to support the new community library.”
The library’s main aims are:
1. To advance and promote the education for individuals, organisations and companies in Castle Donington and surrounding area.
2. To disseminate information to the general public.
3. To provide recreation and leisure facilities for the general public.