New chapter for Walkley Library starts today

Walkley Library  hub of the community
Walkley Library hub of the community
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Volunteers are to take over the running of Walkley Library from today - and are urging readers to visit the facility.

Walkley Carnegie Library, as it will now be known, is to be run in a joint partnership with the community and Forum Cafe Bars after Sheffield Council relinquished control of 15 libraries to save cash.

Discussions are still continuing with the bar group but, from today, volunteers who stepped in to save their library from closure will be running it.

It is one of the last to be taken over, with only Burngreave still being run by the council while a business plan is finalised.

Annie Bore, one of around 50 people involved with Walkley Community Group, said: “At the moment the library is exactly the same as it was before but as we get going we hope to look at more activities and involve the community on what they want to see – we are open to suggestions. We are going to be getting a banner outside to say it is open, as some people have thought it is closed.

“We hope it will increase the footfall in the community.”

Coun Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member for communities and public health at the council, said: “I’d like to wish the group all the best in taking over running the library, and thank them for all their hard work.

“The great news is Walkley’s local library service will remain open. This is brilliant for the community and I’d encourage everyone in Walkley to visit.”

The library hosts an open day celebration this Saturday, November 22, from 10am to 1pm. It is now open from 1pm to 6pm on Mondays, 10am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 5pm on Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 10am to 1pm on Saturdays.