Library opened by Leeds Lord Mayor

NAWN 1304163AM3 Lord Mayor of Leeds at Shadwell library. The Lord Mayor of Leeds Ann Castle in conversation with Bryan Cobley, Claire Wilson-Sharp and Ruth Brown ojf The Note Worthy Trio who entertained the guests (1304163AM3)

NAWN 1304163AM3 Lord Mayor of Leeds at Shadwell library. The Lord Mayor of Leeds Ann Castle in conversation with Bryan Cobley, Claire Wilson-Sharp and Ruth Brown ojf The Note Worthy Trio who entertained the guests (1304163AM3)

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A village library taken over by Shadwell volunteers after it was threatened with closure was officially re- opened this week.

Shadwell Independent Library was unveiled by the Lord Mayor of Leeds and Harewood councillor Ann Castle on Tuesday.

The grade 11 listed building - which has undertaken a £56,000 renovation - is now run by a team of volunteers after it was scheduled for closure in 2011 as part of local authority spending cuts.

Officially opening the new facility with Harewood ward councillor Rachael Procter, Lord Mayor Ann Castle said:

“The people of Shadwell will now still have a library on their doorstep and I know that the trustees of Shadwell Independent Library have all sorts of plans and activities for the building, including an arts centre.

“I hope more enthusiastic volunteers will come forward and that all the activities that the group have planned will now get off the ground.

“I wish the volunteers all the best and really hope the project is a resounding success.”

It is estimated that the new facility will benefit around 600 villagers and will see footfall of over 600 people.

A decision by Leeds City Council earlier this year approved a 99-year lease and agreement between the council and private company, Shadwell Independent Library.

A total of 17 Leeds libraries were earmarked for closure in 2011 in a bid to save Leeds City Council around £625,000 a year.

Renovations at the facility on Main Street have been carried out in two phases - the first which has upgraded the heating and electricity at the historic building, and a second phase which has improved access and security at the site.

The library is currently open three days a week - Monday, Thursday and Saturday, and is staffed entirely by volunteers.

Harewood councillor Matthew Robinson told the Wetherby News in January that the scheme will target young people in the area, with the launch of a book group and informal leisure activities as part of its wider aims.