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Enderby Community Library on track to launch in May

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In its latest communiqué regarding progress towards the operation of Enderby Library being taken over by the community, Enderby Library Management Committee has announced that it expects to launch the new service in early May 2016.

In January 2014 Leicestershire County Council announced it intended to “protect” its 16 bigger libraries but wanted to save up to £1.4 million a year by transferring 37 of its smaller branches (including Enderby) to their respective communities. Where no community expressed interest, the Library would almost certainly close.


Under the auspices of Enderby Parish Council, a comprehensive business plan was drawn up in September 2015 and subsequently accepted by the County Council.

A Library Management Committee comprising enthusiastic volunteers and parish councillors was established in August 2015 to oversee the transition process and a number of meetings have been held since then to arrange implementation of the business plan.

Operation of the Library depends entirely on the commitment of volunteers and the Library Management Committee have been pleased to receive offers of help from local people covering a range of ages and experience.

Some core volunteers are being trained by the County Council and they, in turn, will eventually pass on their skills to other volunteers as the community service gets under way.

One of the aims was to improve on the existing Library offer and develop the Library as a ‘community hub’ rather than just offering the traditional library services. The management committee have visited and consulted with other similar community libraries and are endeavouring to incorporate the best practice.

Development of the Library as a community hub requires all types of skills and there will be an ongoing need for volunteers with a variety of interests and skills to commit as much or as little time as they are able. 

The Library will close week commencing 25th April 2016 for refurbishment after which time the Community Library will be launched.

On its launch, Enderby Community Library has revised the existing opening times to be 2pm-6pm, Monday-Saturday. The Parish Council conducted a survey early in the process to determine how the local community viewed the Library service and their preferred opening times. Enderby Library Management Committee will review the opening hours periodically and, dependent upon the volunteer commitment and customer demand will consider increasing these hours.

Anyone interested in volunteering at Enderby Community Library are asked to contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator, Mrs. Maria Hetherington, by email via this link

LFE launches county’s ninth community library

Leicester Forest East LibraryLeicester Forest East’s library will reopen as a community partnership library on December 16th, after the county council hands it over to a local group.

The news means that nine of the county council’s 36 community libraries will have transferred this year, with most of the remainder due to transfer in 2016.

Brian Langton from the Leicester Forest East Community Library group said:

“Today is a major milestone for the future of the library at Leicester Forest East. The group has a strong leadership team of trustees, with a clear focus on providing a real benefit to the local community.

“We have a number of services and facilities to introduce, while retaining a strong, much needed library service to LFE.

“We have recruited a large number of passionate volunteers who are enthusiastic to get started and we look forward to opening the doors on December 16.”

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Cllr. Richard Blunt

Richard Blunt, the county council’s cabinet member for libraries – who also represents Leicester Forest East – said:

“I’m delighted Leicester Forest East residents are now running their village library and have lots of ideas to make it even more popular and well-used.

“The council has been carrying out further work with other communities which need more help with their plans. I hope that groups can come forward to run all 36 libraries.”

The County Council invited 36 communities to manage their libraries, as part of the library service’s £800,000 savings.

At least 30, including Enderby, are set to reach agreement between now and April 2016. In Enderby, the vision is not only to continue to provide the existing Library service but also expand the offering over time and create a Community Hub where local people can avail themselves of a range of resources.

Drop-in to Enderby Library

Enderby Library Management Committe have sent the volunteers a letter inviting them to attend at one or both of two ‘Drop-in Events’ which will be held at Enderby Library, Townsend Road, Enderby on Tuesday, 12th January 2016 – 12 Noon until 3pm and Tuesday, 19th January 2016 – 4pm until 7pm.

The Drop-in Sessions are open to others who are interested but have not yet volunteered, or would just like to chat with committee members about the Enderby Community Library project.

The first community library to open was Barrow upon Soar.

Library Management Committee submit business plan to save Enderby Library

Enderby LibraryA Business Plan, outlining the way forward for Enderby Library following the withdrawal of funding by the County Council, has received approval from the Enderby Library Management Committee (ELMC), set up by Enderby Parish Council on 12th August 2015.

The Management Committee, made up of Parish Councillors and volunteers, held its inaugural meeting on 27th August, at which time the Committee considered the contents of a draft business plan raised under the auspices of the Parish Council on behalf of the community.

In order to properly scrutinise the draft business plan and consider any amendments, the ELMC resolved that it would meet again on 3rd September to finalise the document.

At the 3rd September meeting the Management Committee appointed Mrs. M. Hetherington as Volunteer Co-ordinator and resolved that the business plan be approved and submitted to Leicestershire County Council the following day, Friday, 4th September (deadline date for submission of the business plan).

If accepted, the next significant milestone will be formal acceptance of the business plan by a meeting of the County Council Cabinet on October 7th.

Enderby Parish Council currently has 4 vacancies on the Council. Anyone interested in learning more about the role of Councillor or taking an active role as a volunteer in Enderby Community Library are asked to contact the Clerk, Ms. S. Hansford, Tel. 0116 2753711, or email enderbyparish@btconnect.com.