People and community groups are invited to play a part in Barnet’s future library service.

In partnership with Barnet council, individuals, community groups, not-for-profit and voluntary organisations are invited to help run the East Barnet, South Friern, Mill Hill and Childs Hill libraries

The new Partnership libraries are part of recent plans to reshape the library service that will keep all 14 libraries open.

Cllr Reuben Thompstone, Chairman of Children Education Libraries and Safeguarding committee, said it is a “unique opportunity for local groups and residents.”

Cllr Thompstone said: “In order to deliver a sustainable service that contributes to the overall savings challenge that Barnet is facing, we need to harness Barnet’s community spirit.

“This is the first step in in delivering our new library service and I look forward to hearing from groups who are interested in working with the council to shape the way their local library can meet the needs of their community.”

In April this year, protesters were left devastated when Barnet councillors voted in favour of cuts to the library services.

Three main changes to the 14 libraries across the borough, include new CCTV cameras positioned in the libraries, the age limit has lowered to 15, and children who are under age will be able to use online digital services.

Barnet council will be responsible for providing the library space, grant funding, books and other resources.

Community groups would need to commit to providing library services that are open to the public for at least 15 hours per week.

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