Changes to library service are approved

library and art gallery

The council’s Cabinet have approved a new look library service which keeps 24 libraries open across the district, with just two closures.

Kirklees will have:

  • eight fully staffed town libraries
  • 16 community supported libraries.

However, under the proposal, the mobile service will be withdrawn. Cllr Turner explains why we’ve made this tough decision.

The plan follows a four-month libraries consultation where 5,000 of you responded.

Our town libraries

These will be staffed by council employees:

  • Huddersfield
  • Dewsbury
  • Batley
  • Cleckheaton
  • Mirfield
  • Birstall
  • Heckmondwike
  • Holmfirth.

Our community supported libraries 

These will be staffed by one council employee, supported by volunteers. In these areas, the service has been working with “friends” groups to strengthen volunteer support:

  • Almondbury
  • Birkby / Fartown
  • Chestnut Centre
  • Denby Dale
  • Golcar
  • Greenwood Centre
  • Honley
  • Kirkheaton
  • Kirkburton
  • Lindley
  • Marsden
  • Meltham
  • Rawthorpe / Dalton
  • Shepley
  • Skelmanthorpe
  • Slaithwaite

Closures

The two libraries being closed are Thornhill Lees and Lepton.

The closures will take place from 1 April 2016.

Overall there will be a reduction of 88 full time equivalent staff in the library service.

What’s next for the library service?

Huddersfield Library and Art Gallery

In the consultation, residents said they would consider having several services in the same buildings, which would allow library services to continue in the future, but not necessarily in the same building.

Future locations for our library service will be considered as part of the Council’s wider buildings review.

Read more about the changes in our previous article

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