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

The library has moved in to the town Post Office

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 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.

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

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.