Callington Library future secured as hours change

The future of Callington Library has been safeguarded for the community through a reduction in opening hours and staffing.

From 1 April the opening hours at Callington Library and Information Service will change.

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The site at Callington Community College will stay open on the same days as it currently is but the hours will change to:

DayNew opening hours from 1 April 2019
Tuesday 1pm to 5pm
Thursday 1pm to 5pm
Friday 9am to 1pm
Saturday 10am to 1pm


These new hours mean community groups who regularly meet at the library for activities such as Knit and Natter and Rhymetime will continue on the same days and times as currently.

In these challenging financial times, Cornwall Council - like all local authorities throughout the UK - has had some tough decisions to make when faced with massive cuts in funding from central Government.

The library transformation programme has seen many sites devolve to local management but Council was unable to find a partner in Callington.

A reduction in opening hours and staffing will be implemented to enable the Council to achieve its required budgetary savings.

Callington Community College will continue to provide space on its campus for the Library and Information Service.

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Libraries are important to our residents and this is why we have worked hard to find a sustainable solution for Callington Library and Information Service.

“While we haven’t been able to find a partner to take on management of the service we hope that by reducing opening hours in a way that won’t affect community groups this is the best approach to making necessary savings while safeguarding the library for many generations to come.”