A PILOT scheme launched by a school is helping a library to stay open longer despite cutbacks made last year and reduced opening hours.
Bovingdon Primary Academy is using the library in the village next to the school with the aid of volunteers, allowing the library to be open to the public for basic services at times it would normally be closed.
Most classes at the school are now able to use the library on a weekly basis thanks to the scheme.
Deputy headteacher Jill Meuha said: “From our point of view, we really want to get our pupils using the library as much as possible and to form a love of books.
“We’ve always gone to the library but it’s been harder this year.
“We now have four volunteers which means we can use the library more and it is also open to the public, so it’s a win-win situation.”
The library will now be open to the public on Monday mornings in term time only.