Published: 31st Jul 2017

Placing libraries in community hubs can help reinvigorate their services, a new series of reports by the Arts Council England has found. The reports, which were published earlier this month, looked at how libraries can contribute to place-shaping, help with the wellbeing of older people and work in community hubs. The reports found that by moving into community hubs, many people felt their library service had been reinvigorated, with longer opening hours, new spaces and an ‘overall refresh’. It cites the example of the Blakelaw library in Newcastle, which is now located in in the Blakelaw Centre, which is run by the Blakelaw Ward Community Partnership. According to the report, the centre wanted to be ‘welcoming and open’ to children and young people, so helped foster a new relationship between the library and the local primary school and also made improvements to the centre’s children’s play area at the same … (To read the full article, subscribe below)