Manchester

Levenshulme library to be run by local high school

Levenshulme Library
Levenshulme Library is one of six libraries scheduled for closure

A Manchester library under threat of closure is to be taken over by a local high school.

Levenshulme library is one of six across the city that were set to close on 29 June as part of council budget cuts.

Levenshulme High School has now said it will manage the existing library building until spring 2015 to provide the school with more space.

The library will then move into a new leisure centre which is being built.

Under the proposals the current building would be used by the school during weekday mornings.

'Focal point'

It would continue to operate as a library between 14:30 BST and 18:30 weekdays and 10:00 and 13:00 on Saturdays.

Head teacher Amanda Thain said the school wanted the library to be "a focal point in the community with education and learning as its core values".

Libraries in Miles Platting, New Moston, Fallowfield, Burnage, Northenden and Levenshulme were set to close at the end of June as the council tries to save money.

Last month, after a meeting with residents, the council decided to delay the closures and it is looking at other proposals for the libraries to be run by local communities.

The proposals are being made as the council tries to save a further £80m from its budget by 2015.

Cuts of £170m were already due to be made between 2011 and 2013.

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