Library stays open thanks to volunteers

By Samantha Hepworth

Rawdon Library is planning to stay open with the help of an army of volunteers from the community.

Back in 2011, Leeds City Council embarked on a programme of library closures to save money.

But June Longley decided to fight a possible closure and Friends of Rawdon Library was formed.  She said: “I got a petition going and we gathered 600 signatures, 10 per cent of the community.”

During 2011/12 Leeds City Council closed 13 libraries but did increase opening hours at most of the remaining libraries. Since then, one further library has closed.

Rawdon was one of three libraries which was given the go ahead to take over the running of it from the council, a process known as community asset transfers.

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