Background

 

The story so far…

RIO has been a fantastic support to Libraries Unlimited since the outset, and played an important role in helping our organisation to transition from a public sector library service to a successful social enterprise and charity. The team at RIO have a solid understanding of the value and importance of high-quality library services and the positive impact they have on the lives of the people and communities that they serve, and will no doubt bring this knowledge to their new venture in Cornwall. Ciara Eastell

CEO, Libraries Unlimited

Cornwall Council is under huge pressure to make budget cuts; during 2015-19 the council needs to reduce spending by £196 million, with no doubt more to come in the next budget round from 2020-24.   

The consequence of this pressure on Cornwall Council is that it will no longer be responsible for funding any library buildings or library staff in the county. That said, Cornwall Council still has a statutory obligation to provide library services. To maintain the service in light of funding pressures, the Council invited responses from organisations that could take on library buildings and formal library service contracts.  

Liskeard Town Council agreed that the Library is important to the town but were not in a position to take it on and run it themselves and therefore sought a partner, that’s where RIO came in.

Without RIO developing plans to renovate the library and make it sustainable, Cornwall Council would look to make the required savings in Liskeard by moving the library out of town to Luxstowe House.