Temporary home for Liskeard Library during major renovation

Liskeard Library is due to undergo a major renovation as part of an innovative new partnership between Cornwall Council and the local community group, the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO).

The current library at Barras Street will close at 1pm on Saturday, March 30 2019, to allow for the planned refurbishment to take place.

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From April 1 a library service will be provided by Cornwall Council at Luxstowe House in Liskeard for the duration of the works which are in the final stages of planning.

The temporary library will be open Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 5pm and parking is available.

Customers will have access to 1,600 fiction, non-fiction and children’s books and use the ‘Click and Collect’ service to reserve books, DVDs and music CDs free online for collection from the temporary library.  

There will also be free access to Wi-Fi and computers and staff will be on hand to answer questions, provide a referral service and show customers how to access library and Council services online.

Bookstart Rhymetime sessions will restart in April with more details to follow.

Planning permission has been granted to Cornwall-based community group RIO to continue the library service and carry out significant refurbishment of the Barras Street site before it reopens to the customers.

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 Neighbourhoods, said: “We see this partnership with RIO as a positive move that will provide a sustainable library service in Liskeard which meets the needs of the town.

The residents of Liskeard will have a fully renovated library building that is more accessible and safeguarded for the future.”

Lindsey Hall, Chief Executive of RIO, said: “Following the granting of planning permission in December we’ve been working with Cornwall Council on the next steps in this important and exciting development for Liskeard.

“The temporary relocation of the library to Luxstowe House from April means we can begin to put our plans into action and start giving the library building the love and attention it needs to transform it into a library of the future; a hub of learning, knowledge and connection we know the people of Liskeard want.”

For more information about RIO see www.realideas.org.