Tideswell Library is to be the second of our libraries to transfer over to community management as part of our Libraries for Derbyshire programme.
The library, on St John’s Road, will close its doors at 1pm this Saturday (18 November 2023) as a council-run library, and the community group behind the new venture aims to reopen it on the afternoon of Monday 11 December 2023.
After the library closes its doors, the group set to take over will be on site receiving training and support in preparation for reopening.
Loan periods will be extended for people who borrow items before the library closes, with borrowers not expected to return items until after the library reopens. However, people can return books to any Derbyshire library and can use any county library as long as they have their library card.
The identity of the new group will be announced as soon as the final legalities have been signed off and there has been an official handover.
Council Leader Councillor Barry Lewis, who is also the Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture and Tourism, said:
“This is really positive news and a very exciting time for the group involved who are enthusiastic and committed to making this a success.
“We will ensure they receive all the training and support they need, and I am sure they will put their mark on the library in no time at all.
“I’m confident Tideswell Library will go from strength to strength under its new community management and am sure that local people will support the group in their venture.”
Tideswell Library follows Woodville Library which was the first council-run library to become community-managed.
Find out more about the Libraries for Derbyshire programme and get information about running a community library.