Community library plans progress

Archived news: published on Tuesday 18 Oct 2016 by Fife Council


Earlier today (Tuesday) councillors agreed on a set of recommendations that will allow proposals for alternative delivery models to be taken forward in three Fife communities.


The Executive Committee approved a business plan submitted by Falkland Village Hall Trust, after receiving and considering two proposals for the running of the facility. This means that the Council can now enter into discussions with them about lease arrangements for taking over the Falkland library building when Fife Cultural Trust ceases a statutory service at the facility in Spring 2017.


New options are also being progressed to ensure book borrowing and community provision will continue to be offered in the Abbeyview and Glenwood communities after feasibility exercises at Woodmill and Glenwood High Schools concluded that it’s not viable to incorporate library services into the schools.


The Executive Committee agreed to interim arrangements being put in place to accommodate a community book borrowing service in Abbeyview Local Office until a wider review of community facilities in the local area are progressed, with the possibility of being accommodated in an integrated facility in the future. The current library facility is due to close in March 2017.


A joint business plan has also been developed by Glenrothes Area Residents Federation and West Glenrothes Tenants and Residents Association for a community-run library in Glenwood.


Council Leader, and Chair of the Executive Committee, Cllr David Ross said: “We very much welcome the range of proposals that we’ve received for alternatively run libraries from the affected communities across Fife. We’re having to make very difficult decisions as a result of our financial challenges and the review of Fife’s libraries has been an emotive and difficult one for everyone.


“We have supported the communities that have expressed an interest to provide an alternative library service in their area and I’m pleased that we have had positive engagement from community groups, so are now in the position where it looks like at least half of the communities affected by the library closures will have alternative library provision available to them, as well as the continuation of mobile library services across Fife. When the changes are fully implemented we will still maintain one of the largest statutory library networks in Scotland with 35 libraries and two mobile libraries.


"The proposals for continued library provision in Abbeyview and Glenwood will complement the current initiatives for the wider regeneration of the areas."


Library review summary:

  • The libraries that will progress proposals for alternative delivery models are: Colinsburgh, Falkland, Glenwood, Kinghorn, Lundin Links and Pittenweem.
  • The libraries without alternative delivery models that have already closed are Bowhill, Crossgates, Freuchie and Thornton. The libraries where alternative delivery models have not been brought forward and are therefore due for future closure are East Wemyss, Crail, Markinch and Pitteuchar.
  • When Abbeyview Library closes interim arrangements for a community book borrowing service in Abbey Local Office will be put in place until a wider reviewof community facilities in the local area is progressed.
  • Partnership arrangements are being progressed with Fife Council’s Community Learning & Development Department for alternative provision at Townhill Library.
  • The papers for today’s Executive Committee meeting are available here.



David Ross, Councillor 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 24 03 Contact David Ross online
By Post: Fife council, Fife House North Street, Glenrothes,KY7 5LT

Gordon Mole, Interim Chief Officer - Business & Employability 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 65 40 Contact Gordon Mole online
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT
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