THE PROCESS for submitting expressions of interest in running a number of libraries in the Vale of Glamorgan is now open.

Following consultation with residents and library users the Vale of Glamorgan Council announced in March that it would be seeking to develop community managed libraries in Dinas Powys, Sully, Rhoose, Wenvoe and St Athan.

The council is now accepting expressions of interest from those interested in running one or more of these libraries.

Jennifer Hill, director of learning and skills, said: “We are seeking to develop these libraries in conjunction with local communities. The council will continue to provide the book stock, peripatetic professional librarian support and back up support which can be accessed through any of the four town libraries based at Penarth, Barry, Cowbridge and Llantwit Major. We will also support the recruitment and training of volunteers.”

Individuals or groups interested in running a community library are now being asked to submit an initial expression of interest by May 18, 2015.

Following an initial appraisal of the expressions of interest the council will then work with interested parties to assist them in developing business cases ahead of a second deadline of July 12, 2015.

Decisions will then be made on whether or not to transfer individual libraries to the community on the basis of these business cases.

Those wishing to express an interest in running a library or who would like more information should contact Andrew Borsden, lead officer for community learning, by emailing