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Libraries set to expand under new ownership

PUBLISHED: 10:37 01 July 2016 | UPDATED: 14:55 01 July 2016

Bexley Village Library will be managed by the Bostall Library Community Group

Bexley Village Library will be managed by the Bostall Library Community Group

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Customers have been told to expect minimal disruption

Two libraries in Bexley are to be transferred to new ownership, in a move that could lead to a bigger range of services, events, activities and opportunities

Bexley Village Library, which was the borough’s first community library, and Slade Green Library, were set up by Greener Bexley, but now they are on a secure footing the charity has decided to pass them on.

From July 2016, Bexley Community Library will be managed by the Bostall Library Community Group, who recently took on the community management of Bostall Library.

Slade Green Library will transfer to the management of Eco Communities, which currently runs the Slade Green and Howbury Community Centre.

Existing users have been reassured that there will be a minimal impact on day-to-day services as the transition takes place.

The groups intend to offer an expanded range of services, events, activities and opportunities, shaped by local customers.

Cabinet member councillor Peter Craske said: “Community management of libraries is another example of the brilliant community spirit we have here in Bexley.

“We are grateful to Jonathan Rooks and Greener Bexley for working with the council to pioneer the development of community managed libraries in the borough. Bexley now has six successful community managed libraries, working alongside the six Council libraries to give residents a great service.”

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