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Walsall library to reopen as book exchange

One of nine Walsall libraries controversially closed is to reopen as a community-led book exchange from September 1.

Pheasey Library

Pheasey Library, on Collingwood Drive, will open its doors once again thanks to committed volunteers and community leaders.

The service will run for two days a week at first, with the potential for that to increase depending on its initial success.

Councillor Chris Towe, who has been working with residents to try and get the library building in use again, said: "Myself and the other Pheasey Park Farm councillors are very passionate about this.

"However, it is the wonderful volunteers who have made this a reality.

"It won't be the library as we remember it but it does put the building to good use and it could be start of something bigger.

"I was devastated when the library closed and a lot of other people were too.

"I am excited to see what the future holds now."

Next month, two induction days have been organised at the library for those willing to become a volunteer.

The first will take place on August 22 at 10am, with the other on August 23 at 6.30pm.