Rejecting a petition of over 2,300 names to save Bedale Library, North Yorkshire County Council Executive decided in 2015 that the library would either close or be managed by the community from April 2017. Not wishing to lose such a valuable asset, a small group formed the Bedale Community Library Management Committee to work to keep the library open.
Bedale Community Library was registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) in January 2017 for public benefit. Its aims are to advance the education of the residents of Bedale, the residents of North Yorkshire and other library users through the provision of a community library facility and other services.
The trustees of Bedale Community Library, in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council, took over management of the library on 1st April 2017. The charity number for Bedale Community Library is 1171085.
Applications for assistance in funding the library resulted in grants from Bedale Town Council, Rector and Four & Twenty, NYCC Localities budget, Bedale & Villages’ Community Forum, Aiskew & Leeming Bar Parish Council, Crakehall Parish Council, several of the other surrounding villages and NYCC’s Stronger Communities programme.
A Friends of Bedale Community Library group was established in the spring of 2017 with the aim of raising funds for the library. Many supporters attended a launch event in Bedale Hall on 2nd March 2017.