Carnegie UK Trust supports our plans for a Community Hub with library

We’re delighted that the Carnegie UK Trust supports our plans to take the Carnegie Library into community ownership and set up a community hub. The Carnegie UK Trust is a charitable foundation established in 1913 by Andrew Carnegie to continue his legacy.

Responding to a letter from our Chair, Carol Boucher, CUKT made it clear that they cannot intervene in the Council’s plans for the library. But, after careful consideration and detailed scrutiny, they fully support our plans and the establishment of a charitable community trust, which is in keeping with Andrew Carnegie’s vision and charitable aims.

The letter says:
“We strongly believe that libraries are an essential part of community life, contributing to individual and community wellbeing and lifelong learning, as well as providing access to computers and online services for all. The Enterprise, Cultural and Community Hub that you propose, with its free access to books, computers and learning events for all children, and its charged for business area are in line with this view and the Trust’s thinking on the future of libraries.”

It goes on to say:
“Your proposal to retain a core service that is free and open to all alongside a proposition to facilitate income generation reflects the need for libraries to think innovatively about the services they offer and how they offer them in order to be sustainable in the longer term.”

We’d like to thank the Carnegie UK Trust for their support and for taking the time to consider our proposals.

Read the full letter here.

Carnegie Community Trust CIO