The futures of five Southampton community libraries have been announced by Southampton City Council. The list of organisations set to take over the running of some of the city’s libraries is made up of a mix of long established organisations and newly-formed community groups, all dedicated to offering good local community involvement and support.
The following groups will soon take over the running of the following libraries:
The Burgess Road Library Action Group (in partnership with Christ Church Southampton, a locally based charity) will provide library services from Burgess Road Library.
Thornhill Community Library, a newly formed local charity group, will continue to provide library services from Thornhill Library.
The YMCA, a local community charity that has been serving the city since 1878, will provide a community library in the new unit when it is completed in Weston. In the meantime services will continue from the portable building.
SCA and Unexpected Places, two not for profit organisations in partnership with the Friends of Cobbett Road Library, are teaming up to continue to offer library facilities from Cobbett Road Library.
In Millbrook, the library resources will be moved into the Solent NHS Trust Pickles Coppice Children’s Centre where the Sure Start Service is based.