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VIDEO: Have your say on how Nottinghamshire libraries are run

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Nottinghamshire County Council is launching a new cultural organisation called Inspire to manage its libraries, archives and cultural services across the county – and is looking to recruit members.

Inspire is a Community Benefit Society and now the organisation begins a campaign to recruit members in preparation for starting business next spring.

Now as part of an innovative strategy to manage some of its cultural services, the county council says the new society will give people a greater say in the way libraries, archives, arts and adult learning are managed.

Councillor John Knight, committee chairman for culture, at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “Becoming an Inspire member is an exciting opportunity to give local people even more of a say in the future management of their local library and other cultural services such as arts and employment programmes.”

People can still continue to enjoy their local library and the other cultural and learning services Nottinghamshire County Council currently provides without becoming a member - but Inspire would love for you to join them!

Inspire membership is free and will give people the chance to have a say on how the society works and develops, receive an Inspire membership newsletter with special offers, discounts on events and an invitation to its annual general meeting.

Members will also be eligible to stand for election to Inspire’s Board, or to get involved with Friends groups.

Councillor Knight, added: “We have a proud record of running modern, popular and accessible library and cultural services across the county. We lend more than three million books from our libraries each year, with e-books and e-magazines increasingly popular and host thousands of events.

“We have recently invested £2.5m in our archives building, had a good Ofsted inspection of our community learning courses and help dozens of teenagers into training, education or employment through our Skills for Employment Service each year. We are committed to our library and cultural services, and Inspire provides an exciting opportunity for these services to be even more enterprising and creative to achieve benefits for local communities now and for future generations.

Inspire will deliver the following services on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council: public libraries, archives, arts, Instrumental Music Teaching in schools, Community Learning and Skills Service, Nottinghamshire Music Hub and the Education Library Service.

Nottinghamshire Library user Joan Randle said: “I like the idea of the Inspire membership because it will give a lot more scope for the running of the library and people would be able to get a greater say in it and probably get more cultural events going on which would be nice to attend.”

For more information or to join Inspire visit www.inspireculture.org.uk