First of Vale's Community Libraries Established In Sully
02 August 2016
The management of Sully Library has this week been formally transferred to Sully and Lavernock Community Library Trust, making it the first community library in the Vale of Glamorgan.
The first library transfer in the Vale comes after it was announced earlier this year that the Vale of Glamorgan Council was in discussion with community groups in five locations about taking over responsibility for running their local library.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council has set aside £100,000 to help cover start-up costs and improvements to existing buildings. The trust will then receive ongoing support from the Council in the form of IT, book stocks, library resources and professional advice. For the past three months, volunteers of the trust have been training with the Council’s professional library staff.
Cllr Lis Burnett, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Education, said: “The transfer of Sully Library to the community is the culmination of two years of hard work on the part of the Vale of Glamorgan Council and the tireless efforts of local volunteers.
“I am delighted to see the management of the library transfer to such an enthusiastic and determined community trust, who are very keen to develop the library for local residents.
“In recent months we have been working closely with the trust to make sure that everyone is prepared for the handover. Now that this has taken place, I know that the trust has ambitions to widen access to the library’s services and will be consulting with the residents of Sully and Lavernock to understand their needs.”
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer at Sully Library should contact Richard Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org.