Two libraries in North Essex will pilot newly created ‘Friends Groups’ ahead of a roll out across the county.
Made up of local residents who have an interest in helping to develop their local libraries, the groups will be supported by Essex County Council with the remit of working alongside library staff, and supporting the library offer within their local areas.
The first two pilot schemes will be launching in West Mersea and Sible Hedingham.
Cllr Anne Brown, Cabinet Member responsible for libraries at Essex County Council said: “This is all about getting the community more involved in their local library. It is an idea that has worked well in other parts of the country, with the groups taking on projects, developing and running events and activities and also gaining funding, not available to us, to invest in equipment.
“We will be monitoring the success of the project over the coming months, with a view to expanding it to other libraries.”
To find out more about joining a Friends Group contact your local library.