Following a competitive process, Liskeard Town Council has selected RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation – as it’s preferred partner to work up plans to take on Liskeard Library following devolution from Cornwall Council.
Liskeard Town Council sought a partner for the library as it was not in a position to take on and run the library itself.
RIO has committed to work with the Town Council to:
- Ensure a flourishing ‘library offer’ in Liskeard, based on the core principles of Cornwall Library Service to:
- Foster a love of reading amongst the population
- Create a safe, free space that is widely accessible
- To help people access information
- Regenerate and revitalize 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
- Develop a financially independent and sustainable economic model for the Library building, that does not require ongoing revenue grant funding from the Town Council or any other statutory body
The Liskeard Library building occupies an important place in Liskeard High St, providing a safe, community space where people of all ages access information and books. Going forward, these remain important features that underpin a building that will also provide much needed new facilities; notably a contemporary enterprise space; diverse, creative events; learning, workshops and courses; and a relaxed environment for networking and social activities.