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New library ideas for Porthleven

By West Briton  |  Posted: July 24, 2014

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PORTHLEVEN could have a new alternative library in a public place such as a pub, shop or the town council offices.

It would be a replacement for the current mobile library, which it is feared is more than likely to be axed.

Cornwall Council is reviewing its library services across the county in an attempt to save money.

Councillor Andrew Wallis told a meeting of the town council it was more than likely that the already limited service for Porthleven would be cut back further, and now was the time to start thinking about alternative methods of supplying books.

"I've seen the figures and Porthleven's usage is quite low," he said.

"Even on busy days there are only a small number of visitors – in some cases only five visits a day.

"It's obviously important to those who use it, but there is an alternative."

He said the charity WRVS ran a book scheme under which books could be delivered free of charge.

"I was also thinking about how Porthleven could have a hub-style library: maybe a couple of hundred books as a starting-point," he said.

"If you want one, it will be delivered to your hub and you come and collect it.

"You could have the library in a pub or community centre, as long as it's accessible."

He said they could ask for volunteers to man the library and involve the community.

"Once, Porthleven had its own reading room and library," he said. "It would be nice to bring that back."

Deputy mayor Barbara Powell said she knew the WRVS charity book service was excellent but it was not that well-known.

The council agreed Mr Wallis should continue with the project and make inquiries.

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