Nottinghamshire: Membership rises for council library scheme

Library assistant Denise Hall, Nottinghamshire County Council Leader Councillor Alan Rhodes and Councillor John Knight.
Library assistant Denise Hall, Nottinghamshire County Council Leader Councillor Alan Rhodes and Councillor John Knight.

More than 20,000 people have become members of Nottinghamshire County Council’s new cultural organisation Inspire which began operating this week.

The council is the first in the Midlands to set up an organisation to manage its libraries, archives, learning and cultural services across the county and began recruitment in November, which stands at 20,818 members to date.

Inspire is a community benefit society, with charitable status, giving people a greater stake in the running of their neary library and other cultural and learning services.

While there are several other community benefit societies already operating in the UK, Inspire is unique in the size and range of services it will provide, delivering public libraries, archives, arts, a music hub and more.

To fill in the online form and get a membership card, visit the Inspire website at www.inspireculture.org.uk .