478 libraries have closed in England, Scotland & Wales since 2010

We’re working to make sure Liskeard Library does not meet the same fate.



We’re delighted to have RIO on board for Liskeard Library; particularly given the expertise and ideas they bring. This is a brilliant partnership and will be great for Liskeard and for Cornwall. 

Julie Zessimedes

Head of Library and Information Services, Cornwall Council

Liskeard Library

Liskeard Library is important to Liskeard and the surrounding area. Its central location brings people into the town and is important and valued by many who live, work and visit the town. Liskeard library used by around 1 in 3 local residents with approx. 3,500 users.

In 2016, following discussions between Liskeard Town Council, Liskeard School and RIO, it was agreed that RIO would develop Liskeard Library and ensure its future for Liskeard based on the following principles, as defined in an MOU with Liskeard Town Council: 

RIO and Liskeard Town Council are both committed to: 

  • Ensuring a flourishing ‘library offer’ in Liskeard, based on the core principles of Cornwall Library Service to: 
  • Fostering a love of reading amongst the population  
  • Creating a safe, free space that is widely accessible 
  • Helping people access information 
  • Ensuring the regeneration and revitalization of Liskeard Town Centre for the benefit of local residents and visitors alike through the development of a wider range of activities, events and services in the Library and other buildings 
  • Enabling the development of a financially independent and sustainable economic model for the Library building, that does not require on going revenue grant funding from the Town Council or any other statutory body

RIO’s vision is to maintain a full service in Liskeard’s Library, to source £500,000 to renovate the Grade II Listed building, and to extend opening hours and broaden the appeal of the library to attract more users from the town and surrounding villages.  

With no funding from Cornwall Council, we need to generate an income to pay library staff wages and ongoing building costs. This requires an innovative approach and a wide range of income-generating ideas.  

In the last few months, RIO has been out in the community speaking to lots of different people – local residents, schools, businesses, community groups, charities, health & well-being organisations, children and young people, clubs, artists and many others – with an interest in the future of the library. We have built this site to share those ideas with you and create a space where you can add your ideas too.

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