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Volunteers Set To Run Libraries In 2 Dorset Villages


12:10am 18th November 2012

2 South Dorset libraries - saved from closure - will officially be handed over to volunteers in 2013.

The Chickerell and Puddletown book lenders will be full independent and self-governed.

Both will get £5,500 from the Council budget each year though, to help pay for staff, books and some IT services.

The handover to community led libraries will save the County Council £725,000 from the library services budget.

Cllr Hilary Cox, cabinet member for community services, said:  "I am very pleased that by working together in partnership and through careful listening and constructive negotiation, we are now looking to finalise dates for local communities to take over the responsibility for running seven libraries with support from Dorset County Council.  

Graham Lee, Chairman of Ad Lib (Association of Friends of Dorset Libraries) said,"The response of the community which are volunteers to this challenge has been remarkable. We are at least near the end of the negotiations designed not only to give the libraries and sound start but also a secure future.

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