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St Just Library refurbishment update

The reopening of St Just Library has been delayed until later this summer as refurbishment work continues.

Under a new Cornwall Council partnership the library will transfer to the Town Council after alterations have been completed.

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The work includes re-roofing the central flat roof, replacing the entrance porch, remodelling the library space and creating new office space for St Just Town Council. 

It means the Town Council office will be relocated in part of the library building so visitors can access a range of services in one location.

The Library will be closed until later in the summer on a date to be announced as alteration work continues.

No overdue charges will be incurred in the meantime and library users can visit other libraries in Cornwall. 

Reservations and renewals can still be made online and loans can be collected from alternative libraries, the closest of which are Penzance and St Ives.

Under the new partnership, which is part of Cornwall Council’s devolution programme, St Just Library will continue to provide all the key services essential to a modern library as well as offer the potential to increase access to a range of Town Council services.

St Just Library will remain part of the countywide service meaning customers will keep their existing library cards and can still visit, borrow and order books online from other libraries in Cornwall.

Like all local authorities throughout the UK, Cornwall Council has had some tough decisions to make when faced with substantial cuts in funding from central Government.

Rather than close libraries, however, the Council has worked with town and parish councils and community groups throughout Cornwall to transfer ownership of these much-loved services to local communities.

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Neighbourhoods, said: “Work is ongoing to complete the refurbishment works at St Just Library and we apologise for any inconvenience during the closure.

“We’re looking forward to the reopening of the library which will have all the Town Council services under one roof.

“In other towns where libraries have already been transferred the local services are not only protected but being developed with refurbished buildings, increased opening hours and more services being delivered.”

Published July 16, 2019