Redruth Library and Information Service, previously known as the One Stop Shop, will remain at the heart of the community after the service is handed over to Redruth Town Council in April.

The service is to be transferred to the council as part of Cornwall Council’s devolution programme, which is helping councils and communities have local ownership, management and control of services.

The Library and Information Service will remain in its current location on Clinton Road and the building will continue to be a hub for the local community. Current staff will transfer from Cornwall Council to Redruth Town Council, and will continue to deliver the service.

Customers using the service should not notice any change and opening hours will remain the same.

Though the library service delivery will be managed by the town council it will remain part of the Cornwall-wide library service. This means that membership, access to computers and services and stock will not be affected by the change.

Councillor Edwina Hannaford, portfolio holder for neighbourhoods, said: “Redruth Town Council’s proactive approach to take more control over their local assets is a great example of devolution in action.

“Our library transformation programme is about working with partners and communities to create sustainable services that meet local needs and aspirations.

“Cornwall Council is committed to the devolution of services so that they are delivered at the most appropriate level. This can mean both fighting for more powers to come down to Cornwall from the Government in London, or devolving existing services from the council to local communities. This commitment to devolution at all levels is a key priority for the council and its partners.”

Redruth's mayor, Henry Biscoe, said: “As a council we are working hard to save local services and assets from closure. We look forward to the prospect of having the Library and Information Service devolved to the town council and working in partnership with Cornwall Council to safeguard this valuable service for the community for the coming years.

"The devolution will enable us to become custodians of a community asset that will have local ownership, management and control of the service.”

More information about the service, or devolution, can be found at