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Roommates: local library moves into town post office in face of budget cuts

The library has moved in to the town Post Office Photo:

Ashburton in Devon has become the first town in the UK to trial an innovative way to try to save its local library in the face of budget cuts.

The library - with its 7000 books - has moved in to the town Post Office, and occupies what used to be the sorting area.

The move means people will have access to the library for 54 hours a week – three times longer than before.

The owners of Ashburton Post Office volunteered to house the library after Devon County Council announced it would need to cut £110 million from its budget by 2017.

We're proud to welcome Ashburton library into the premises and we're proud to welcome new and old customers back into what is a very different post office.

– Stuart Rogers, Ashburton Post Office

The library is run by staff from the council, with help from a team of volunteers.

By working together we have ensured these two key local services continue to thrive and develop despite the current financial challenges.

– Roger Croad, council's cabinet member responsible for the library service

He added that the project could offer solutions that could be adopted elsewhere in Devon.

Other communities in the South West have been fighting for their local libraries since the budget cuts were outlined last year.