Volunteers take over libraries in Gateshead to save them

Low Fell Library on Durham Road is one of five libraries being handed over to volunteers Credit: ITV

Volunteers are taking over control of five libraries in Gateshead from today to ensure they remain open for the future. A formal handover will take place at Low Fell Library. The other four are at Lobley Hill, Sunderland Road, Winlaton and Ryton.

Gateshead Council says the move is necessary because of government cuts to its budget and should prevent libraries closing.