A new chapter for libraries in Dunchurch and Binley Woods

Dunchurch Community Library opened it's doors to the public today (Tuesday).''Pictured: Janet Beaumont, Richard Lea and Darryll Gane.
Dunchurch Community Library opened it's doors to the public today (Tuesday).''Pictured: Janet Beaumont, Richard Lea and Darryll Gane.
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TWO village library services have started near Rugby this week - a community-run library in Dunchurch and a county council-funded mobile library in Binley Woods.

Dunchurch’s community library, run by the parish council, is staffed by volunteers and run from the old library building.

The site, which will also house the parish council, is also being made available to hire for the villagers.

Robin Aird, Dunchurch parish council chairman, said: “I’m confident our community library will offer a service just as good as its predecessors and furthermore the building will also be available to hire, so this looks like it could be a great asset for Dunchurch.”

Binley Woods’ mobile library service stopped off in the village for the first time yesterday.

Every Wednesday it will call at the old library at 2pm until 3.25pm then go to the shops outside Woodland Road for 3.30pm and remain there until 5pm.

The wheelchair-accessible mobile libraries carry 2,000 books and are refreshed every three weeks. They include a children’s section and offer public access to free online library services, internet access and talking books.

Paul Salisbury, chair of Binley Woods Parish council, said: “This is all that the county council can afford to give us at the moment.

“The key thing is whether everyone who wants to use it will be around in the village the same time the library stops here.

“I think we’re going to have to wait and see to find out how much the service will be used and how it compares to the library service we just lost.”

Binley Woods and Dunchurch libraries were among those in the borough that could no longer be sustained when the library service faced a 30 per cent cut in its budget of around £7.5m.