Calderdale Council Investing In Libraries

Calderdale Council is investing £2 million in libraries despite a background of budget cuts.

At a time when more than 500 libraries have closed across the country since 2010, the council is investing, said a Cabinet member.

But although efforts are being made to keep two local services, if not in the buildings they have been housed in, users may have to switch to the nearest alternatives.

Innovation will see several libraries in parts of the borough be incorporated as key parts of community hubs.

Cabinet member for Public Services and Communities, Coun Susan Press (Lab, Todmorden) told colleagues investment showed commitment to libraries in difficult financial times, with the council having to cut £114 million from its budget since 2010 because of austerity.

“Against that background we have a record to be absolutely proud of,” she said.

“We are doing everything we can to keep our community libraries going, investing as much money as we can in our libraries, to keep our libraries going and improve our offer.”

The council is investing £1.75 million at Elland Library, which would also turn the building into a community hub housing other services, and around £250,000 to complete vital repairs at Todmorden Library.

Construction is also set to start later this year at a former shops site at Mixenden Road, Mixenden, with a library joining a pharmacy, GP surgery and shops in a new complex there.

A “home library” service might also be made available.

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