VOLUNTEERS will be asked to take over libraries around Huddersfield.
Kirklees Council today announced plans for seven libraries to be run by unpaid residents rather than staff.
Officials have suggested the move to allow the council to reduce its budget without closing any centres.
Libraries in Slaithwaite, Golcar, Honley, Lepton, Kirkheaton, Denby Dale and Shepley will be affected.
If the plan goes ahead the libraries will be run by volunteers with support from a neighbouring council-staffed library.
Kirklees Cabinet member for resources Clr Shabir Pandor said the proposed change would ensure the libraries stayed open.
There have been some rumours that libraries will close, he said. Thats not the case no libraries are going to close.
Weve got massive cuts but were going to be involving the community to help us deliver the service.
The Batley West Labour man said the plan was in line with the coalition Governments Big Society programme which encourages volunteers to take over running services usually provided by councils.
We want people to shape their services for their local community because the needs of somewhere like Batley will be different to somewhere like Denby Dale, said Clr Pandor.
Were working with local councillors to see how the libraries should be run in their areas. Local people will be involved and we will use assets more creatively.