Community-led libraries see success across Bexley

PUBLISHED: 16:40 11 May 2016 | UPDATED: 16:40 11 May 2016

Community groups are starting to run Bexley libraries

Community groups are starting to run Bexley libraries


The libraries have recently opened in the borough

The latest community managed libraries in Bexley have seen backing come from the local council.

Libraries have been taken over by trusts, groups, and at Bostall Library, a team of local volunteers.

The Bostall Library Community Group, which includes a member of staff from the library, started running the service in Bexleyheath last month.

Based on King Harolds Way, the group are hoping to open the library up to local events outside of open hours.

Among the other groups, Eco Communities has taken over management at Northumberland Heath and Upper Belvedere libraries, while New Generation Community Trust, which runs the Hope Community School open Blackfen Library last month.

Cabinet Member for community safety, environment and leisure, Peter Craske said: “This is another reason why Bexley is such a great place to live, and it is brilliant to see local communities taking control of their local libraries.

“While each library is unique, they all offer innovative ideas and each will make its mark in their local community. The groups gave their applications their all and have kept local libraries alive by taking them on with our support.”

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