School library will soon close to the public
The Cowpen Library, which is situated within The Blyth Academy, is to become a school-only library from December 1.
For potential pupil safeguarding issues and because of the low and declining public usage, a mutual decision was taken by the organisation that operates the library service, Active Northumberland, and The Blyth Academy – sponsored by Northern Education Trust – to withdraw the facility to the public.
Although the library is extremely well used by the school students, on average just eight adult books are issued there each week.
It will continue to provide an information service and a wide range of books for pupils, and children from the local feeder primary schools, with which the academy enjoys close links, will continue with their weekly visits.
Members of the public who currently use the Cowpen Library are asked to go to the library in Blyth town centre instead.
Its services include a new dedicated local and family history collection and a large number of public access computers.
In addition, Northumberland libraries services can be accessed online 24/7 through the www.mylibrary.co.uk website.
Books can be reserved for free and collected at any local library and ebooks and emagazines are available to download at any time.
Any resident with restricted mobility is entitled to use the home library service, which delivers books direct to their home.
The service is also available to carers who are unable to visit their local library due to their individual circumstances.
For more information, call 01670 620250 or email [email protected]