(From August 17, 2010)
A new users’ group has been formed to support Cambridge’s Arbury Court Library, in the wake of a review of library services in the county – and more than 600 people have signed a petition to save the vital community facility.
The Friends Of Arbury Library group was officially created last week by residents who are concerned about plans that could see the branch closed or its service reduced.
Cambridgeshire County Council has launched a review of its library service as it attempts to slash £2.2m from its budget, with officials refusing to rule out the closure of community libraries.
The Friends group is campaigning to protect the Arbury Court branch, which had 40,391 visitors last year and is a much-needed resource for residents in the north of the city, many of whom find it difficult to travel into the centre to use the Central Library.
A petition against the plans has already been signed by more than 600 people. Anyone wanting to add their name to the petition can sign a copy at the Arbury Court library, or sign online at www.gopetition.com/petitions/defend-arbury-court-library.html.
Although the Friends group has been formed in response to the library service review, its long-term aims are to support the branch and help ensure its continued development within the community. Anyone wishing to find out more or get involved can contact the group by sending an email to: thefriendsofarburylibrary at gmail dot com.